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.

TRPA Money Grab

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The North Tahoe Preservation Alliance president argues TRPA solutions like density of development or changing Vehicle Miles Traveled standards is not the solution to truly save the Basin from tourism-caused degradation.

Adversarial Front Line Caused by Forest Service Ineptitude

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In a bold tell-all, a state firefighter blames the U.S. Forest Service’s mismanagement for “willful and intentional destruction” of California lands.

Alleviate Pain with Compassion

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Here I sit in my living room surrounded by snow! Every window completely covered, barely visible to the outside world. This provides me with the opportunity to reflect on my new life since arriving...

An Innovative Community

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A community member writes about a local, timely topic.

Proud to Be a NIMBY

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What is a NIMBY, and why is Ruth Cross proud to be one? Read her My Shot about the importance of focusing on local character, charm, and history and thinking very hard before developing in Truckee.

Beavers are Worth a Dam

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My Shot Denny is absolutely right, Castor canadensis is not the same as mountain beaver. And they were introduced to the Sierra by Fish and Game in the ’30s and ’40s. But the correct...

Community Empowerment Through Beach Clean-Ups

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While a big tourism year for Tahoe’s north shore has brought this My Shot author a sense of a lack of control over litter and other degrading impacts, but he encourages action, like his own newly established Monday beach clean-ups, to fight that feeling of powerlessness and make a difference.

Get Your Reps In…

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Crossfit or shoveling ... which came first?

Moonshine Ink Readers Opinion

True Patriots; Good Character

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A local duckling rescue by children inspires wildlife and environmental stewardship; readers reflect to popular online exclusive stories on social media
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The Importance of Independence

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Get to know your community in an authentic way with mom-and-pop stores. That includes media.