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 Ron French at rfrench@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Opinion | Why COVID-19 hit Michigan so hard

Opinion | Why COVID-19 hit Michigan so hard

June 5, 2020 | John Austin, Brad Hershbein

Michigan has the nation's fifth-highest death toll, and more than three-quarters of coronavirus-related deaths have taken place in metro Detroit—the lifeblood of economic opportunity for many people of color.

Opinion | COVID-19, meat shortage are why you should move to plant-based meat

Opinion | COVID-19, meat shortage are why you should move to plant-based meat

June 4, 2020 | Molly Tamulevich

The food industry owes it to workers, animals and its own customers to put more plant-based foods front and center.

Opinion | Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

Opinion | Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

June 3, 2020 | Michael Rice

The state's school superintendent urges Michiganders to lobby Congress directly for funding that preserves educational services.

Opinion | Michigan mail-in voting creates a mail-in democracy

Opinion | Michigan mail-in voting creates a mail-in democracy

June 2, 2020 | Lynn Afendoulis

Requiring people who can to make the journey to their polling place is critical. Allowing them to phone it in – or mail it in – threatens the very fabric of this country. 

Opinion | George Floyd's killing, unrest a result of structural racism

Opinion | George Floyd's killing, unrest a result of structural racism

June 1, 2020 | John Mogk

It takes a tragic killing such as George Floyd's and the rebellions that have followed for there to be a wake-up call that structural racism remains below the surface and alive in America.

Opinion | Michigan EGLE can’t be trusted to probe its role on dam failures

Opinion | Michigan EGLE can’t be trusted to probe its role on dam failures

May 30, 2020 | Michael Pitt

A lawyer involved in the Flint water crisis argues Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should order an independent investigation into the state environmental agency’s role in the Midland-area dam disaster.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to fix our broken unemployment system

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to fix our broken unemployment system

May 28, 2020 | Adam Hollier

A Michigan senator urges changes to what he calls outdated rules and burdensome requirements that are barriers for applicants seeking unemployment benefits.  

Opinion | U-M: Learn from COVID-19; reduce greenhouse gas emissions now

Opinion | U-M: Learn from COVID-19; reduce greenhouse gas emissions now

May 21, 2020 | John Mirsky

The University of Michigan lags other Big Ten schools in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including its Spartan and Buckeye rivals, as well as other prominent peer institutions.

Opinion | Midland breach is wake-up call to remove Michigan's obsolete dams

Opinion | Midland breach is wake-up call to remove Michigan's obsolete dams

May 20, 2020 | Rebecca Esselman

Across the country, experts understand that removing dams we no longer need is the best way to keep people safe, improve water quality, restore critical wildlife habitat and eliminate ongoing costs of dam maintenance and repair.

Opinion | A letter of encouragement to the Class of 2020, from a 2019 grad

Opinion | A letter of encouragement to the Class of 2020, from a 2019 grad

May 19, 2020 | SaMya Overall

COVID-19 has presented the Class of 2020 with a unique skill — adaptation, something this older student envies.

Opinion | How Michigan universities are collaborating to continue K-12 learning

Opinion | How Michigan universities are collaborating to continue K-12 learning

May 16, 2020 | Robert Floden, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Anita G. Welch

Educators and researchers at the Michigan State University College of Education, the University of Michigan School of Education and the Wayne State University College of Education are redoubling our efforts to assist school districts, parents and children deal with the challenges posed during a global coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion | We want to work with Gov. Whitmer. She chose partisanship instead.

Opinion | We want to work with Gov. Whitmer. She chose partisanship instead.

May 15, 2020 | Lee Chatfield

House Speaker Lee Chatfield writes that Michigan is ‘worse off’ because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chose a legal battle rather than uniting with lawmakers to fight the coronavirus. History shows there’s a better way, he writes.  

Opinion | Michigan needs money: Whitmer should renegotiate business subsidy deals

Opinion | Michigan needs money: Whitmer should renegotiate business subsidy deals

May 15, 2020 | James M. Hohman, Gilda Jacobs

As the state does its part, one better way to reduce government spending would be to turn to Ford, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler, recipients of public taxpayer dollars.

Opinion | Suicide shows burned out coronavirus physicians need healing, too.

Opinion | Suicide shows burned out coronavirus physicians need healing, too.

May 15, 2020 | Asha Shajahan

We always put patients first. But it’s time the system starts caring about us as well.

Opinion | Our state budget is a casualty of COVID-19. These principles could help.

Opinion | Our state budget is a casualty of COVID-19. These principles could help.

May 13, 2020 | Bob Emerson, John Walsh

Two budget directors for Michigan governors Granholm and Snyder, no strangers to difficult financial decisions, lay out a framework for those addressing pending state budget issues.

Opinion | Youth organizations serve vital, often overlooked, role during crisis

Opinion | Youth organizations serve vital, often overlooked, role during crisis

May 13, 2020 | Jeannine Gant

There are plenty of youth-serving organizations around our state that assist youth inside the curve. Find one that is doing good work on behalf of disconnected children and give them a little stimulus to continue their missions well after the curve is flattened.

Opinion | Reopening Michigan: Policies ignore how vulnerable Americans really are

Opinion | Reopening Michigan: Policies ignore how vulnerable Americans really are

May 11, 2020 | Scott L. Greer, Katarzyna Klasa, Neil Mehta

It is not just a few people with esoteric diseases that society needs to be concerned about. It is most of us, from our employees to our neighbors to our families to the guy on the next treadmill at the gym when it reopens and, for a majority of Michiganders, ourselves. 

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

May 10, 2020 | Justin Schott

"I, too, support many forms of liberation, albeit of a different stripe than most protesters in Lansing have in mind."

Opinion | Controlling the spread of COVID-19 requires radical racial solidarity

Opinion | Controlling the spread of COVID-19 requires radical racial solidarity

May 8, 2020 | William D. Lopez, Alford A. Young Jr.

The authors, professors at the University of Michigan, outline short- and long-term solutions that address historic systems of injustice.

Opinion | A healthy economy needs a healthy workforce. Here's our plan.

Opinion | A healthy economy needs a healthy workforce. Here's our plan.

May 8, 2020 | Stephanie Chang, Jeremy Moss, Sylvia Santana

"We have heard from thousands of workers across the state, many of whom are afraid to go to work and who do not feel their workplaces are ready for safe operation. We have heard from workers not being given masks. We know that no-touch thermometers for screening are scarce," these state senators write.

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