The Opinion pages are your place to spout off. This section contains Readers Reflect letters, My Shot opinion pieces, the occasional Face Off written debate, obituaries, and Mike English’s award-winning Shine On comics. You can also find community perspectives in our Think Local section, our monthly staff editorial, and Do Tell, which is a question we ask five community members each issue.

The word count for My Shots is 600, and as of Jan. 25, 2021, longer editorials are approved on a case-by-case basis. Letters can be reactions to our coverage or a local topic or issue you want to bring up and should be 300 words or less. Submit your opinions to editors@moonshineink.com.

Why Is It So Flippin’ Hard… to live in Tahoe-Truckee


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Ask and Wonder Why


Moonshine Ink has developed quite an array of columnists that do a good job covering the bases for any questions you might have concerning our area.

The Spout: Editorial Page


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CARE: What it is

There seems to be a concerted attempted by individuals in our local aviation community to misrepresent the Community Airport Restoration Effort (CARE) and its goals...

Why we need Barbara Green
Many years ago when we were living in Portland, the battle cry was, "Don't Californicate Oregon!"
You couldn't find it in the dictionary, but you knew exactly what it meant. In Truckee, we need...

Coping with Infertility


There’s nothing more heartbreaking than trying to have a baby when it’s not happening as quickly or easily as you expected. According to the National Infertility Association, infertility affects 10 percent of the population today. For me, infertility was truly a life crisis.

Before Snowplows and Snowblowers There Were Horses Hooves

Today we complain about berms and the town plow being late to scrape snow from our street. But early residents of Truckee and North Tahoe didn’t have snow removal. Instead, they had a team...

Images of America: Truckee

You’ve heard the stories of Truckee’s rugged past. You know about the Chinese railroad workers, Truckee’s ice palace, and the Paiute chief that Truckee is named after. But have you seen them? 'Images of America:...

Before the Banzai


As the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour makes its way through a tour of four Tahoe ski resorts, it is becoming part of a long tradition of local ski competitions that date back to the days of wooden skis.

The Host of Hotel de Chipmunk


Of the cast of colorful characters that have manned Martis Peak Lookout's "Hotel de Chipmunk," circus tumbler and cigar roller Frank "Waddles" Maher was king.

Ice, Ice Baby


Ice, not snow, has been the region’s recreation surface of choice during this snowless start to winter.

Cyclists Petition Caltrans to Repave Highway 89 Bike Lane


Dangerous potholes and large, tire-swallowing road cracks riddle Highway 89.