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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!

Fact or Fiction?

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“While the disappearance of Kiely showed us the power and compassion of the Tahoe community, it also showed us the power and the danger of the internet,” writes Tahoe Expeditionary Academy student Callie Ross in her My Shot essay.

For Goodness Sake Inspired People, Changed Lives

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In her My Shot essay, Truckee resident Dinny Evans details the meaningful opening and history of For Goodness Sake, Truckee / North Tahoe’s go-to spot for spiritual work.

Use Extra TOT Funds to Take Care of Litter

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FaceOff: Resident Court Leve says more should be spent on trash generated by tourism taxes.

How TOT, TBID Funds Are Being Used

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FaceOff: NLTRA CEO Tony Karwowski says Placer County requires the money to fund transportation and affordable housing opportunities.

Van Dwellers – Don’t get Banned!

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My Shot author Joe Fasbinder, who lives in his van on Mt. Rose, sounds off on van dwelling. He says, “Be courteous and steadfast and true. Be kind. Stay in your goddam lane. Observe all traffic laws and conventions. Smile. Brush often …”

Progress Report: Defunct Community Enhancement Program Requirements Falling Short

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In her My Shot essay, Kings Beach resident Ellie Waller argues that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is not enforcing its own requirements.

Hey, Lake Tahoe! How Do You Like Our Carbon Now?

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A western Nevada County resident urges Truckee/Tahoe folks to push for city-integrated open space and bike paths on the non-Tahoe sides. That way, she argues, there’s less carbon coming to Tahoe.

Banish the Blues … It Takes Just a Little Work

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A My Shot author shares ideas for improving your mood in the Truckee/Tahoe area.

Power’s Out

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Summertime sacrifices may include giving up power at times this year.
Dylan Riley Truckee High School

Observations on Lawmakers from a Concerned/Enraged Student

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My Shot author explains why Truckee High School students protested ease of access to guns in the wake of the Uvalde school mass shooting.