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My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

Fish and Wildlife Property Provides Idyllic Solution for Public Access, Recreational Use of Truckee...

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Larry Andresen proposes a publicly accessible California Department of Fish and Wildlife parcel as an alternative to recreation on private properties in the Hirschdale area — an option he says will be cheaper than Nevada County’s proposed stairway project.

Though Challenges Persist, We’re Making Lasting Progress on Workforce Housing

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Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson points to the positive gains made in workforce housing despite the crisis Tahoe continues to wade through. Enews email excerpt: Amid a housing crisis that still hasn’t recovered from 2008, Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson argues that there is work being done to address Tahoe’s shortage of homes for the local workforce.

So… California is Asking Us Farmers Not to Grow Food to Save Water

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Sierra Valley farmer Gary Romano says California should limit water use for recreation, parks, golf courses, and landscapes before restricting farms.

Is Lake Tahoe a National Treasure or a County Treasure?

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Should Lake Tahoe be managed as a national treasure or a source of treasure for Washoe County? My Shot writer Ann Nichols weighs in.

Honor Scotty Lapp by Helping to Build a Skateboard Park in Tahoe City

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A young My Shot writer advocates for a Tahoe City skateboard park in honor of teenager Scotty Lapp, who died tragically in a skiing accident this winter.

The Sights and Sounds of E-Bike Riding Aren’t Bad

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My Shot author Suzie Tarnay explains why her vehicle of choice is an e-bike.

Support Senate Bill 1012 to Align Park Burning Regulations with Those of Local Fire...

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My Shot writer Ed Miller urges readers to support a California state bill to align park burning regulations with policies of local fire agencies.

Masks in School Hide Childhood Joy

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This My Shot author feels strongly that masks are psychologically damaging to kids in schools, and detrimental to their learning process.

Poisonous Produce or Profound Propaganda?

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By Andrew Meblin Fake news. We worry about it now, and maybe it seems worse in this hyper-news age, but there’s nothing new about “fake news.” Attempts at objective journalism only began in the 1950s,...

Sustaining the ‘Tahoe Vibe’ Means There’s Work to Do

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In a My Shot, the Tahoe Prosperity Center’s CEO summarizes the results of the Envision Tahoe Community Survey, and finds a common acknowledgement of a “Tahoe vibe.”