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 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!

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.

Preparing to Safely Reopen North Lake Tahoe is Up to...

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North Shore can’t leave it only up to the business community to prepare to restart the tourism economy, says Samir Tuma, NLTRA board member. It’s up to full-time residents too.

Not Being Racist is Not Enough

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The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25 sent shockwaves of outrage and protests across the country. A local white ally to the Black Lives Matter movement shares her views on why just being not racist isn’t enough.

What the Murder of George Floyd Means to Me as...

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As an African American living in Tahoe/Truckee for 10 years, Robert Watts (head chef at Drunken Monkey Sushi) shares his perspective on the protests following George Floyd’s killing by police in Minneapolis.

Tom McClintock’s COVID-19 Science Deserves Scrutiny

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U.S. representative challenges reliance on scientific experts during the pandemic but his use of science is questionable at best.

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