Guest Commentary

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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.

Opinion | Dana Nessel: Line 5 must close to protect all of Michigan

July 22, 2019 | Dana Nessel

Michigan’s attorney general explains why she sued to close the controversial Line 5 gas pipeline that passes beneath the Mackinac Straits.

Opinion | U-M’s investment is helping us improve Detroit, not evict people.

July 18, 2019 | Jordan Friedman, Corey Hanker

Two developers respond to a Bridge Magazine article about their investments in Detroit. ‘Our focus is increasing availability of affordable, quality housing for the city’s residents.’

Opinion | Benton Harbor’s school crisis needs more than a bandage fix

July 18, 2019 | Tom Watkins

Benton Harbor is in danger of losing its high school because of poor academic performance and debilitating debt. A former state superintendent says the district’s struggles should be a wake-up call for Michigan.

Opinion | Please, Michigan Supreme Court, restore public will on minimum wage

July 17, 2019 | Maria Van Core

Michigan’s Supreme Court justices should restore the minimum wage increase that the public wanted last year – and the Legislature weakened in lame duck.

Opinion | I’m an economist and I support payday loans

July 17, 2019 | Gary Wolfram

Sure, payday loans charge 400 percent interest. But they can help low-income Michigan residents make it to their next payday, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Opinion | Want Michigan kids to learn science? Take them outside.

July 9, 2019 | Kathleen Bushnell Owsley

There’s a growing movement to take students out of the classroom and into nature to learn about the environment and nature. That’s happening in schools and programs around Michigan.

Opinion | I’m a 7th-generation Michigan commercial fisherman. 13 are left.

July 2, 2019 | Robert Ruleau

Robert Ruleau’s family business has survived weather and invasive species. Now it’s trying to survive the Department of Natural Resources.

Opinion | For Flint’s lead-exposed children, a sobering lesson from Toledo

July 1, 2019 | Marilynne Wood

The Flint water crisis impacted thousands of young children. A researcher who has studied the impact of lead exposure says there are interventions that can help.

Opinion | Urgent need for clean energy should unite Michigan, not divide us

June 29, 2019 | Mike Stone

Listen to one another. Keep an open mind to new concepts (as well as some old) and collaborate so Michigan can be a national leader in clean and safe energy

Opinion | Medical costs are an emergency. I know, I’m an ER doc.

June 27, 2019 | Rob Davidson

An emergency room doctor describes the anguish he sees every day as patients are forced to choose between urgent medical care and playing their bills.