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.

The Elegance of the Coronavirus

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The novel virus has divided us, struck deep where it hurts most. But I posit that it also paradoxically has the power to strengthen us.

Protect Open Space in Mountain Towns

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A joint letter advocating for open spaces in three prominent California mountain towns

I Love Tahoe Donner, I Loathe Total Downer

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In his My Shot, Benjamin Levine discusses what’s not a secret in Tahoe Donner: that staff and volunteers have repeatedly felt disrespected, bullied, and mistreated by certain directors.

Corona Pods

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The COVID shuffle, Artist Lofts construction edition.

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.

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.

Are You Ski-rious???

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When short-term culture goes too far.

And Then They Shut the Forests

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First came the disease, then the economic downturn, and now (the last straw for this My Shot author) wildfire has gotten so bad it’s forced the closure of the forests. This piece presents a path forward to never allow this to happen again.

(Blank) Valley Changes Its Name

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Moonshine readers share their thoughts on efforts to pull the word ‘squaw’ from titles around Olympic Valley.

Burned Out

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Murder hornets. Racial unrest. Wildfire, pandemic, economic collapse, climate change. What more can the year throw at us?

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