Help Bridge choose the topic for an online reader discussion

Building on the success of its new book club, Bridge is planning monthly online discussions with Bridge readers. (Shutterstock image)

In this unpredictable year, there is certainly no shortage of hot topics to discuss with our friends, family and colleagues. Bridge reporters have been working hard to keep you updated on these issues, the ones that impact our daily lives in Michigan. 

In a normal year, we would be regularly meeting with readers across Michigan to hear your input and stories on the important issues facing our state. But until it’s safe to gather again, we want to begin hearing from you virtually. Building upon the success of Bridge’s inaugural book club discussion, we are planning to begin monthly online discussion with Bridge readers. Members of our team will discuss what they have learned as they report on various topics and will take your questions as well.

We aim to begin these discussions in July, but we need your help in selecting our first topic. Please complete the one-question survey below to help us choose. Instructions about how to participate coming soon.

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Wed, 06/24/2020 - 9:18pm

Why in this day and age are people still racist?

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 9:04am

How are Native Americans in Michigan doing? how has CoVid 19 impacted their lives? How is BLM affecting their lives?

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 4:38pm

Racism and racial justice iN MICHIGAN. Why is Bridge so white?

middle of the mit
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 9:35pm

I am torn about this subject. And I think Bridge knows why. You have put the most popular items on the list, but I fear what you are missing in the long term.

I know you can only do what you can do, because we are all humans.......right?

I think the police and racial articles could be integrated and expanded upon with a social and economic discussion.

That is where my vote goes.

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 9:09am

Can you explain why?

middle of the mit
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:48pm

You want me to explain why I am torn on what would I would like to be discussed?

1), Corona virus is a Big thing and I see a lot of people in Northern Michigan acting like it isn't going to affect or effect them. And I have come to the conclusion that what happens happens and there is nothing I can do about it, except watch. I would hope more rational thought and discussion would doesn't.

2) I am not so naive that I don't think there is more going on in the State House and Senate that hasn't been covered, and I would like to see more of that.

I chose what I chose because that is what is needed the most. Doesn't mean there aren't also important things that effect and affect us going on in the State legislature unreported.

All the choices are big articles on almost every news site in the State. I would like to see what else is going on under the cover of distress. That is what makes me worry. Doesn't really make it worthy of an online discussion, especially when readers don't know about it.

Janet Wagner
Sat, 06/27/2020 - 10:16am

How can we improve the percentage of Michiganders wearing masks when in public? Is there a way to sensitize folks to be more responsive to our older population and to our health workers?

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:32am

I work in a grocery store. I'm surprised at how many people refuse to wear masks, especially the younger generation. They dont care because as one of them told me it doesnt concern me. Yet they put everyone health at risk and that's ok? I think it should be mandatory until this virus is over. Everyone needs to do their part! It saddens me that wearing a mask has become so political. It's not political, the virus doesnt care what side your on. It's about showing respect to those around you. It's doing your part to stop the spread and have life go back to normal sooner rather than later. If all lives matter why aren't you wearing a mask to prove it?

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 8:56am

What are the steps necessary to eliminate structural racism in our society?

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 6:42pm

To Middle of the Mitt - I agree, it’s why I chose education.

middle of the mit
Wed, 07/01/2020 - 3:05am

I agree that education is what is needed, it's just hard to pay for schools when your town or neighborhood doesn't have much of a tax base. And maybe Charter schools do work, but who pays for busing or transportation to a different district? And doesn't it really take away from those in the district that can't afford to transport their kids to those schools?

The inner cities need an influx of cash. NOT handouts, but investment. Maybe low interest loans so that people can purchase a business and start a grocery store and hire other people in the neighborhood. Then someone else might start a hardware store and help rebuild the neighborhood and employ more people. Invest in people and you would be surprised at what you will receive. And then the education and schools will take care of itself...........if that is what the district/ neighborhood wants. That is the same for ALL people.

If you don't fund it..........don't complain when you get the results that you get.

Northern Michigan.......are you hearing this?

It happens everywhere................

Sorry to do this in my reply, but it is the perfect place to do it. duane thinks that I am a Steadfast Proponent of Northern Mi. And I am. But that isn't what I have been trying to do. I have been trying to tell everyone that the problems down state, are pretty close to the problems we have up north, or is it outstate? you see how that could be considered.......divisive? I know I didn't like it when I first heard it. And I still don't. Imagine how those who don't think like I do feel about it.

Kat Russell
Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:26am

I'd like an examination of Michigan's racial history as a topic for education and discussion.

Mike in TC
Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:13am

There should be extensive discussion about what Republicans will survive to help rebuild the GOP after the anticipated anti-Trump wave thins the crop. Will current leaders who have toadied to Trump be able to avoid the poison? Who will be the best representatives to repair the inevitable damage to society when the Dems take over government? These are just a couple of the related questions worth discussing.

Jannan Cornstalk
Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:54am

When is racial forum