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 Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.


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.