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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 by the opinion editor 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. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

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.

Railroad Snowshed Graffiti Removal

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Teams of volunteers keep coming back to paint over and remove graffiti from tunnels and rocks on Donner Summit; one local activist says enough is enough.

Relationship Banking Shines in a Recession

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Plumas Bank president Andy Ryback shares his perspective on relationship banking and why it can be a lifesaver in a recession, advocating that his community-focused bank has solutions for the times.

Environmental Endorsements

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Environmental Endorsements: One activists climate-conscious voting guide for the region and its neighbors, with candidate and other ballot endorsements focused on environmental aims.

Mask Wearing, Social Distancing Enforcement Falls to Truckee Business Owners

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Truckee residents concerned about the role businesses have played in enforcing COVID distancing and mask wearing restrictions argue that the town and its police force should play a stronger role.

Sold! But Not to the Highest Bidder …

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This My Shot author can wholeheartedly say that in a hot housing market, she is happy she bypassed the fees and hassle of selling her house on the open market and used her own networks instead to sell for cheap to someone already here and looking.

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.

Help Our Children by Taking the Census

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California census deputy director Emilio Vaca appreciates the sense of community he has found in our region, and advocates, for the sake of our children, that everyone take the census.

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.

On Community Preservation and Planning

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A Truckee planning commissioner read a My Shot from last month calling for a total halt on development and rejection of the general plan; here is her My Shot describing why she feels that resident’s aims would be better suited embracing and influencing the general plan.

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