Guest Commentary


Opinion | A defense of Enbridge, its environmental record and Line 5

September 17, 2019 | Brad Shamla

The vice president of Enbridge’s U.S. operations makes a case for why the company that operates Line 5 under the Mackinac Straits should be trusted.  

Opinion | Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt.

September 12, 2019 | Louis Steigerwald

The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.

Opinion | Fix the damn schools, Michigan

September 10, 2019 | Mike Addonizio

A Wayne State professor takes political leaders to task for the sorry state of Michigan’s schools.

Opinion | Time to close Michigan’s access gap to mental health services

September 9, 2019 | Mark Reinstein, Kevin Fischer, Jane Shank, Greg Toutant, Sam Price, Robert Sheehan

Only half of Michiganders on Medicaid who need mental health support receive care; those on private health insurance don’t fare much better.

Opinion | Cleanup of Great Lakes pollution hot spots is good for economy

September 6, 2019 | John Hartig

Cleaning up the mess we’ve made of our waterways isn’t just the right thing to do; it helps revitalize communities.

Opinion | Michigan is now 44th in per-resident support for higher ed

September 3, 2019 | Daniel Hurley

Disinvestment in public universities and community colleges is hobbling Michigan’s future.

Opinion | Enbridge has proven it can’t be trusted with water and Line 5

August 30, 2019 | Keith Cooley

Michigan has too much at stake to allow Line 5 to continue operating.

Opinion | That Pure Michigan you love? Thank the MEDC

August 28, 2019 | Katharine Czarnecki, David Lorenz

From historic preservation to blight removal, state and community development projects from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are making the state a better place to live and visit.

Opinion | In sexual assault cases, Michigan universities need oversight

August 23, 2019 | Kat Klawes

Michigan universities need an independent watchdog to ensure they can no longer silence students and their complaints over how sexual assault investigations are handled.

Opinion | Let’s all make Michigan a leader in addressing climate change

August 22, 2019 | Gerry Anderson

Responding to a guest commentary by the Sierra Club, the chairman of DTE Energy says the power company is doing its part to battle climate change.

Opinion | How bad are Michigan’s roads? It’s even affecting food banks

August 20, 2019 | Phil Knight

The executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan says investing in our roads is vital to the state’s future.

Opinion | ‘Medicare for All’ would hurt Michigan businesses

August 19, 2019 | Brian Calley

 Former lieutenant governor Brian Calley argues that politicians should stop messing with the health care system because it will hurt Michigan small businesses.

Opinion | Fund the child, not the ZIP code, in Michigan school budget

August 16, 2019 | Lori Tubbergen Clark

A Michigan superintendent takes issue with a recent Bridge guest commentary that argued for equal, rather than equitable, school funding.

Opinion | Michigan conservation officers save lives. Don’t cut our budget.

August 15, 2019 | Dan Eichinger

At least 31 people have been saved by Michigan conservation officers since 2015. A budget proposal in the House threatens to eliminate some of those positions at the Department of Natural Resources.

Opinion | Great Lakes need protection. But shutting Line 5 is foolish.

August 14, 2019 | Steve Bucci

Enbridge is taking steps to safeguard the pipeline that pumps $160 million in taxes into Michigan’s economy. Politicians’ knee-jerk proposals to decommission the pipeline would only hurt the working class.

Opinion | Enough is enough – don’t fix Michigan's roads with classroom dollars

August 12, 2019 | Chris Wigent, Don Wotruba

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s idea doesn’t fix the damn roads – it kicks the can down the damn road.

Opinion | School equity proposal exacerbates system of winners vs. losers

August 5, 2019 | Sue Kelly

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $1 million school research collaborative has drawn widespread support statewide. There’s one problem: It doesn’t even the playing field.

Opinion | Michigan school libraries are still in limbo. Why?

August 2, 2019 | Patrick Taylor

Michigan cut back on school librarians during the recession. It’s time to bring them back.

Opinion | DTE’s plans for gas plant pose climate risk

July 31, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Fred Miller

Why build a new gas-powered plant when renewables are the future?

Opinion | Give visas to skilled immigrants in places Michigan is stagnant

July 29, 2019 | Steve Tobocman

Many places in Michigan are losing population. The solution: Visas specifically for skilled immigrants willing to move there. It’s an idea based on successful programs in Canada and Australia.