Guest Commentary

At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)

How to submit a Guest Commentary

What to know:

Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff. 

Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion. 

We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.   

We do not pay for guest commentary.   

Here are some guidelines: 

  • Columns are usually 500-700 words
  • They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
  • The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
  • The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up 
  • Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background  
  • Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
  • We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.

That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make. 

Who to contact: 

Email your submission or idea to Monica Williams at mwilliams@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Opinion | After green ooze, it’s time to get serious about 'polluter pay'

Opinion | After green ooze, it’s time to get serious about 'polluter pay'

January 15, 2020 | Jeff Irwin

'We can’t keep putting our heads in the sand and leaving these problems to bubble up later,' writes Irwin, co-author of a bill that would require polluters to clean up their contamination to a higher standard.

Opinion | Local news in Detroit: race, distrust and disconnection

Opinion | Local news in Detroit: race, distrust and disconnection

January 14, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

The lack of rigorous local reporting has consequences for accountability – without that knowledge, holding developers, officeholders, and corporations to account becomes virtually impossible, the author writes in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Michigan earned an 'F' in government integrity. Help us do better

Opinion | Michigan earned an 'F' in government integrity. Help us do better

January 11, 2020 | Nancy Wang

“Like our fight to end gerrymandering, a successful accountability campaign will require a robust, citizen-led effort,” writes the executive director of Voters Not Politicians.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to join Maine with ranked-choice voting

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to join Maine with ranked-choice voting

January 10, 2020 | Jon Hoadley

State Rep. Jon Hoadley has introduced a bill that will allow local communities to use ranked-choice voting, which he says ensures that every voice is heard and every vote counts.

Opinion | PFAS has poisoned my town. Government needs to step up and help

Opinion | PFAS has poisoned my town. Government needs to step up and help

January 9, 2020 | Katherine L. Thompson

 “I find it ironic that in a place with so much water, we don’t have a basic human right to be able to drink it.” writes a college student from Oscoda.

Opinion | Divided Congress finds much common ground, traction on conservation

Opinion | Divided Congress finds much common ground, traction on conservation

January 7, 2020 | Andy Buchsbaum

There’s a lesson in this: Conservation is an inherently unifying force. Voters feel it, Congress knows it and its record proves it.

Opinion | Thank Michigan educators for their selflessness, spirit of giving

Opinion | Thank Michigan educators for their selflessness, spirit of giving

January 6, 2020 | Paula Herbart

Our state's teachers, support staff and other public school employees are committed to helping students. This work doesn't end when the school bell rings.  

Opinion | Please hold applause until state budget supports most vulnerable

Opinion | Please hold applause until state budget supports most vulnerable

December 25, 2019 | Matt Gillard

After months of square dancing, our state budget fails to highlight the necessary commitment needed to support struggling learners, our most challenged youth, and families impacted by the child welfare system, says the writer of this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer: It's time to take lead on Lake Erie cleanup

Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer: It's time to take lead on Lake Erie cleanup

December 23, 2019 | Howard A. Learner

Michigan is running ahead, but Indiana, Ohio and Ontario aren’t on course to achieve a 40 percent reduction in phosphorous pollution by 2025.  Let’s stop kicking the can, the author writes.

Opinion | In Michigan, 'tis another season for massive potholes

Opinion | In Michigan, 'tis another season for massive potholes

December 23, 2019 | Mike Nystrom

In fairness, we can’t blame this Legislature or governor for the condition of our roads. However, we can blame both parties for failing, again, to muster the courage and leadership to pass a real solution, says the executive vice president of Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association.

Opinion | How Michigan State lost its way and why the future holds promise

Opinion | How Michigan State lost its way and why the future holds promise

December 18, 2019 | Frank A. Fear

A retired MSU professor traces the administration’s fumbling of the Nassar sex-assault scandal to leadership that no longer valued deep input and engagement with faculty and students. That may now be changing, he writes in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | New solar energy law provides another boost to expanding renewables

Opinion | New solar energy law provides another boost to expanding renewables

December 17, 2019 | Phil Rausch

Removing barriers to solar panel installation is an investment in the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit, says the author of Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Prison spokesman: Guest column wrong about inmate medical care

Opinion | Prison spokesman: Guest column wrong about inmate medical care

December 16, 2019 | Chris Gautz

The spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections notes major fact errors in a column by a Bridge guest writer pushing for prisoners to receive access to Medicaid. The original column was removed from the site.

Opinion | Retirement must be factored in with considering teacher salaries

Opinion | Retirement must be factored in with considering teacher salaries

December 13, 2019 | Royce Humm

Retirement system costs for school personnel should be a high priority and shouldn’t be viewed as competition with school operations budget, says this guest author.

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

December 12, 2019 | Amanda Price

Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 Law isn’t some scary new policy looming over local students – it’s an essential reform that’s already yielding real results that benefit our kids, says the author of this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Put Michigan’s undocumented farmworkers on a path to citizenship

Opinion | Put Michigan’s undocumented farmworkers on a path to citizenship

December 10, 2019 | Jim Byrum

The bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a compromise that will benefit immigrants working in agriculture and improve the H-2A temporary worker program, the president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association says in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | We’re changing the rules for factory farms in Michigan

Opinion | We’re changing the rules for factory farms in Michigan

December 5, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Rebecca Wolf

Michigan is nearing common sense reforms of factory farms, but Big Ag is determined to block them.

Opinion | Michigan's management of wolf population is outdated

Opinion | Michigan's management of wolf population is outdated

December 1, 2019 | Richard P. Smith

It’s time for Michigan wolves to be removed from the Endangered Species Act to reduce conflicts and protect human safety, says this Marquette outdoors writer in a Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

November 25, 2019 | Mike Jandernoa

Holding children back so they can achieve future success is not “punitive;” it is proactive.

Opinion | Wanted: A winning message on immigration

Opinion | Wanted: A winning message on immigration

November 22, 2019 | Steve Tobocman, John Austin

President Trump cut off one of Michigan’s only sources of population growth — resettlement — but pure outrage and righteousness directed at his stance on immigrants can be polarizing.

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