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.

Speak With Care

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Language matters. This My Shot reflects on a popular former opinion piece which discussed new residents avoiding being an “invasive species,” and why, historically and looking toward a brighter future, we need to avoid such characterization.

In the Beginning …

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Natural disasters are life-altering and land-altering — and in the case of the Tahoe Basin, the reason behind its existence. Reporter Alex Hoeft shares the bright side of such geographic events.

Help Wanted?

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It's a full-filling economy.

High Rise Valley

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Looks like the valley-which-wouldn't-be-named has one.

Flora Fornication

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It's that time of year ...

Industrial Evolution

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What's next?

Tackling Invasive Species is a Truckee/Tahoe Priority

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While the most visible ecological threats like litter and wildfire deserve our attention, the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s CEO wants you to understand that invasive species are a true threat to the lake’s health and clarity, right now.

To what extent do you feel Tahoe/Truckee’s employers are responsible for helping with or...

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To what extent do you feel Tahoe/Truckee’s employers are responsible for helping with or providing affordable housing for their employees?

Don’t Blame the Visitor for Structural Problems

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One North Shore resident feels there’s been a sense of blaming visitors on community issues like the housing shortage and trash since the onslaught of Covid-19. His My Shot provides his perspective on structural problems he sees as the real root cause.

Ask Not What the Economy Can Do for You

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In the many stories of our economic issue, all roads lead back to the housing crisis. We as a community have the power, and indeed the responsibility, for the direction we go from here.