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.

There Will Never Again Be Another Manita Nery

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The river is raging. While it’s darn beautiful and much needed, I am reminded of a profound loss I experienced 15 years ago due to a freak accident.

Low Childhood Immunization Levels in Nevada County

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Did you know that Nevada County has the lowest percentage of fully immunized kindergartners of any county in the state? Today there are few visible reminders of the suffering and premature deaths caused by diseases that are now easily preventable with vaccines.

Airbnb’s Questionable Line in the Sand

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We asked North Shore locals their opinion about the $9.8 billion short-term rental market and its effect on the community.

Shots, shots, shots …

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An ode to the changing times.

Riding the ‘Rona Waves

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The moment California went into lockdown, I was taking photos of Granlibakken’s sled hill. It was a strange thing, looking at a text and knowing that I needed to go home — now. It...

Theater Connections

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These North Tahoe/Truckee residents are thinking local… with their wallets.

State’s Attempt to Close Parks Was a Disservice to the Public

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Editor’s Note: In recent news, private donors and nonprofits have stepped up to stop the closure of nearly all 70 state parks that were expected to be shuttered. An additional $10 million in state...

Vail Harnesses Wind Power

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Vail Resorts has committed to a zero net operating footprint by 2030, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the Town of Truckee, and the City of South Lake Tahoe have all committed to 100 percent renewable power. But we can do more; we need to put a price on carbon.

Put a Price on Carbon to Save the Outdoors

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A member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, this My Shot writer explains why including a carbon tax in the national reconciliation bill can make both politicians and outdoor recreationists happy.

The Aquatics Conundrum

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Tahoe Donner Recreation & Park District Board vice chair Kevin Murphy discusses why a warm water pool for Truckee is important.