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.

Divided, We Fall

Sadly, tragedy brings out the best in people and we truly saw the best of America in the 9/11 aftermath. It was a reminder that we’re all in this life together. We all are Americans.

Backcountry Avalanche Savvy


Sierra Avalanche Center's lead avalanche forecaster Brandon Schwartz points out there is a distinct difference between reading the danger rating of an avalanche advisory and heeding the travel advice for specific avalanche problems.

All Those Campaign Signs

When have you noticed that campaign signs have influenced your vote or anyone else’s vote?


Pfft! Covid blows out another tradition.

Through Conflict and Celebration, Moonshine Ink Tells the News

What does it take to persevere for 20 years? Moonshine Ink sticks with journalism, celebration, and community.

Liberty Utilities Doesn’t Own the Sun

In this January My Shot, Peter Tucker takes issue with Liberty Utilities’ solar program, contending it must be easier and more cost effective for consumers.

Go Canvas!


Two reasons to use canvas grocery bags.

Tahoe/Truckee you’re missing your call.


Is our love of nature tethered to our smartphones?

Do you think dogs should be allowed off-leash in the Tahoe area?

Do you think dogs should be allowed off-leash in the Tahoe area? Community members weigh in.

Heed the Call to Hunker Down

The massive December storms and resultant wild experiences remind us of the need to slow down.