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!

Tackling Invasive Species is a Truckee/Tahoe Priority

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While the most visible ecological threats like litter and wildfire deserve our attention, the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s CEO wants you to understand that invasive species are a true threat to the lake’s health and clarity, right now.

Don’t Blame the Visitor for Structural Problems

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One North Shore resident feels there’s been a sense of blaming visitors on community issues like the housing shortage and trash since the onslaught of Covid-19. His My Shot provides his perspective on structural problems he sees as the real root cause.

Heat Your Home with a Heat Pump

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Local resident Jeb Mirczak recommends a heat pump for home central heating rather than propane or other options. He shares his energy and financial savings since switching in his My Shot.

Will Our Demand for Water Lead to a Loss of Wetlands?

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With Truckee’s full-time resident population projected to increase by 65% from where it is now once build-out of its current general plan is reached, this My Shot addresses how the increased water demand could threaten a vital resource: wetlands.

The Chinese Question

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Racism toward Chinese people runs deep in Truckee’s history, which is a direct through-line to today’s ramp-up in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes. This My Shot addresses how we have to be vigilant against this continued threat.

A Lose-Lose-Lose Proposition

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While the Fletchers appreciated their ADU story being featured in Moonshine’s recent coverage of the new STR legislation, they felt parts of their story were left out. Their My Shot fills in the gaps.

How Not to Be an Invasive Species

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One long-time “local” pushes back on what that means, and discusses how stewardship is the route to avoid becoming an invasive species in Tahoe/Truckee … and even how to blossom into a Sierra wildflower.

A Dissenting Opinion on a Moot Point

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Although he calls it a “moot point” since the legislation already passed, one Truckee resident wants to make it known he doesn’t appreciate the town’s added STR regulation.

Major Tax Dilemma for Locals

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One North Shore resident says the proposed TBID is taxation without representation in this My Shot.

North Lake Tahoe’s TBID Offers Multiple Solutions for Some of Our Biggest Problems

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The North Shore’s proposed Tourism Business Improvement District has a fan in longtime Tahoe City-ite Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure, who argues in his My Shot that by putting TOT money under the control of the NLTRA, rather than Placer County, the North Shore will have more local control.