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.

STRs March On

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A cozy den renovated in time for the return of short-term rentals to Placer County.
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Readers Reflect December 2021

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In response to Learning In Real Time TTUSD Reaching Out We have been thankful for the resources TTUSD has provided parents on the subject of tweens/teens and social media. And we’ve been successful at keeping our...

Santa on Staff?

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Straight Talk from a Doc on Covid, Vaccines

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In his My Shot, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Dr. Jonathan Laine wants to set the record straight on topics regarding Covid-19 that he feels are misunderstood.

Through the Looking Glass: A Parent’s Fear

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How do I raise a kid who’s not obsessed with screens?

Tahoe is Broken

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The author of this My Shot is part of the new coalition Take Back Tahoe which aims to restrict the number and location of STRs on the North Shore; here’s her outline of the extent of the problem and solutions she sees that could start to solve it.

Housing Dilemma

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A real estate agent for over 40 years and a Tahoe/Truckee resident for over 50, the author of this My Shot describes her perspective on the “developing and increasing” housing crisis over the years.
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Readers Reflect November 2021

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In response to opinion piece Adversarial Front Line Caused by Forest Service Ineptitude Tough Read Tough to read our wildfire and forest management organizational structure isn’t working well, but thankful it’s coming to light. Hope it...

Difficulties Back in the Classroom?

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For this month’s Do Tell, we ask Tahoe/Truckee residents if they’ve considered leaving (the region, the state, or the West altogether) due to wildfire.

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.