Opinion

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.

Summer Break Books

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Truckee was recently named an “All-America City” based on its plan to improve third-grade reading. With reading on our minds, we walked over to Mountain Kids and Wild Cherries and asked some summer break...

You Gotta Pay To Play

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Sports that have costs that put them out of reach

Who Doesn’t Like a Guilty Pleasure

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Illustrator Mike English’s cartoons comment on life and politics in Tahoe/Truckee.

Woodleaf:

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My Shot
Truckee High School students write about Woodleaf, an annual week-long outdoor program for sixth graders at Alder Creek Middle School where kids learn about nature while having the times of their lives.

Obituaries: Christine Blanchard Ayres

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Christine Blanchard AyresJune 26, 1949 to Aug. 21, 2010 Christine Blanchard Ayres, wife of Robert Ayres and Truckee resident for many years, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Chris was born in Pasadena,...

Passing for White in Tahoe

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It’s no secret that Tahoe is white when covered in snow and White overwhelmingly in demographics; this My Shot describes one Black resident’s thoughts on passing as White in the region.

In This New Age of Wildfires, Communities and Insurers Must Work Together

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As California wildfires worsen, a looming crisis of property insurance access further threatens the foundation of our communities, at a time when we are already facing an unprecedented housing crisis.

Meanwhile, at 1:30 AM on Donner Pass

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Illustrator Mike English’s cartoons comment on life and politics in Tahoe/Truckee.

In Everlasting Gratitude, Maestro Joel Revzen

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A legacy fund has been created in honor of Maestro Joel Revzen of Classical Tahoe, who died from COVID-19-related complications. Courtesy photo
Gas

Longtime Gas Price-Fixing; Not so Distant

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In support of rate increases for underground lines; gas station price-fixing; separation of snowmobilers and skiers