My Shot

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!

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.”

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.

Pack Patience

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A My Shot author experienced a scary traffic accident that could’ve been much worse, inspiring this piece examining traffic solutions long-term as well as the importance of simply “packing your patience.”

The Future of California’s Fish — and People — is Being Set Today

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In a conservation-focused My Shot, a fish enthusiast and activist makes a plea for funding and effort into conserving California’s biodiverse and vital (for waterways and people) fish species, before it’s too late.

Shots Fired on the River

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A Hirschdale resident was fishing on the Truckee in the same spot he always has … when he heard a shotgun. Here’s his My Shot about public access to public land and the controversy over a new landowner who won’t budge.

Toxic White Womanhood in the Wellness Industry

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A White woman pens this My Shot on toxicity in the wellness industry she’s noticed in her own demographic. It’s worsened, she says, with the Covid-19 pandemic.