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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!

I Saw the Signs … Become Stoplights

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This My Shot argues that Truckee has developed too much, too fast, and offers the solution of preserving and bolstering the town’s economy as is, with no new development.

Trouble on the Truckee

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Have you seen the crowds floating down the Truckee River lately? This My Shot calls for proactive solutions and long-term planning.

If Truckee Were a County, It Would Be on the State...

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Three friends in Truckee, all with personal or family health or financial vulnerabilities to COVID-19, took it upon themselves to calculate case rates for the town, and if Truckee were a county itself, it would be on the state COVID-19 watch list.

Masks and Privilege

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For someone who held the hands of COVID-19 patients, treating them for 40 to 60 hours a week and contracting the disease caused by the novel coronavirus herself, masking up is a social justice issue.

Protect Open Space in Mountain Towns

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A joint letter advocating for open spaces in three prominent California mountain towns

Resiliency and a Pivotal Moment in History

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Taking inspiration from thinkers, psychologists, and conscientious objectors, here is a My Shot that puts the current racial unrest in our country in the context of the long arc of history.

Salutations, Sanitation Agency

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TTSA’s lab director just quit in protest of the culture and practices of the agency. Her reasoning is outlined in this My Shot.

The Future of Homewood

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Homewood’s future is in jeopardy, and a change in management prompts one opinion writer to consider a study and future improvements to protect staff and infrastructure.

Schools, Parents, and Racism

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Do schools have an obligation to address racism directly? Absolutely, says one family who dealt with school and racism personally, through comments made by their own son.

I’m Not Racist, But …

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Growing up a child of mixed ethnicity in rural Utah made Truckee local Darrah Vaughan no stranger to overt racism, but when she moved to the Tahoe/Truckee region she experienced more subtle forms of racism that could hurt even worse, like tokenism.

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