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The Opinion pages are your place to spout off. This section contains Readers Reflect letters, My Shot opinion pieces, the occasional Face Off written debate, obituaries, and Mike English’s award-winning Shine On comics. You can also find community perspectives in our Think Local section, our monthly staff editorial, and Do Tell, which is a question we ask five community members each issue.

The word count for My Shots is 600, and as of Jan. 25, 2021, longer editorials are approved on a case-by-case basis. Letters can be reactions to our coverage or a local topic or issue you want to bring up and should be 300 words or less. Submit your opinions to editors@moonshineink.com.

What’s Better Than a Child With a Big Smile and a Flower?


Students at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) celebrated Better World Day on Friday, May 4, joining 50,000 Expeditionary Learning Education students and teachers for a time to honor the power of students across the country to shape a more just future through their learning.

Short-Term Rentals Need Stricter Regulation

Placer County must take responsibility and enforce reasonable occupancy rules. Other areas do it; two renters per bedroom is reasonable and sustainable.

Representation Matters

North Tahoe High School student Vallerie Laguna makes the case for why authentic representation of Latinx culture is important.

Will you take the COVID vaccine when it becomes available to you? Why or...

It’s a fraught topic. When I posed the question on Facebook, 116 of our users weighed in with comments, plus 32 reacts. I was pleasantly surprised by the largely respectful discourse, even with many...

An Open Letter to Our Community

BY GREG JELLINEK, M.D. | Tahoe Plastic Surgery Truckee Tahoe Airport Board Candidate Hello neighbors! My name is Dr. Greg Jellinek and I am running for one of three open seats on the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s...

Alterra, Are You Listening?

A Palisades Tahoe employee criticizes the Alterra Mountain Co. for not raising employee wages like other major resorts have done this year.

How Much Did You Clear?

Lotta clearing this winter ...

Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe Deserve Better


A community member writes about a local, timely topic.

Have You Been Without Power This Winter?

It’s full on 2022 and the Ink is marching swiftly into a brighter future, optimistic about our efforts to remain the region’s trusted independent local newspaper. This month, we want to tell a few...

So… California is Asking Us Farmers Not to Grow Food to Save Water

Sierra Valley farmer Gary Romano says California should limit water use for recreation, parks, golf courses, and landscapes before restricting farms.