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!

Tahoe Keys and the Fight to Put Toxic Chemicals in Lake Tahoe

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Invasive aquatic algae has long been a problem in the Tahoe Keys; now the homeowner’s association wants to use herbicides to combat the issue. In a My Shot opinion piece, these authors argue there are preferable, natural solutions.

Straight Talk from a Doc on Covid, Vaccines

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In his My Shot, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Dr. Jonathan Laine wants to set the record straight on topics regarding Covid-19 that he feels are misunderstood.

Tahoe is Broken

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The author of this My Shot is part of the new coalition Take Back Tahoe which aims to restrict the number and location of STRs on the North Shore; here’s her outline of the extent of the problem and solutions she sees that could start to solve it.

Housing Dilemma

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A real estate agent for over 40 years and a Tahoe/Truckee resident for over 50, the author of this My Shot describes her perspective on the “developing and increasing” housing crisis over the years.

Adversarial Front Line Caused by Forest Service Ineptitude

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In a bold tell-all, a state firefighter blames the U.S. Forest Service’s mismanagement for “willful and intentional destruction” of California lands.

Up to Us?

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Technology and culture are inevitably creating opportunities for citizen reporting and enforcement across sectors, but new anti-abortion legislation reveals a dark future of codifying it into law.

Is the Proposed Tahoe City Lodge Getting Special Treatment?

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A response to Parched River to Come; Stalled Tahoe City Lodge Comes to Life, the author of this My Shot says development plans for the Tahoe City Lodge don’t cut it.

What’s In A (Re)-Name?

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This My Shot argues that “Palisades Tahoe,” the new name for the resort in Olympic Valley that’s historically been a slur against Indigenous women, doesn’t cut it.

Support the Air Show & Family Festival

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The author of this My Shot has been a leader in Tahoe/Truckee’s aviation space for three decades, and here he makes the case for bringing back the Air Show & Family Festival, and how you can help.

Building a Dirigible on the Eve of the Jet Age

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While most Tahoe Donner residents want an updated lodge at the ski hill, one resident argues in his My Shot that the current plans aren’t suited for the reality of the future of the climate.