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 | Michigan has abandoned cities. Let’s reverse course with online sales taxes

Opinion | Michigan has abandoned cities. Let’s reverse course with online sales taxes

September 20, 2018 | Dan Gilmartin

Michigan ranks dead last in supporting its communities. But the state will reap a $200 million windfall from collecting taxes on Internet sales that should help parks, police and firefighters in cities statewide.

Opinion | Fixing Michigan infrastructure crisis takes new thinking about funding.

Opinion | Fixing Michigan infrastructure crisis takes new thinking about funding.

September 17, 2018 | Peter Adriaens

It’s no secret that infrastructure is crumbling in Michigan. Governments need to think beyond traditional borrowing to fix the problem.

Opinion | Why computers alone can’t fix Michigan gerrymandering

Opinion | Why computers alone can’t fix Michigan gerrymandering

September 12, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Why do we need a redistricting commission made up of fallible, possibly biased people to redraw Michigan’s political boundaries? Can’t a computer do that? Eric Lupher explains why you need both

Opinion | Aretha Franklin eulogy was true. Single-parent homes created chaos for blacks.

Opinion | Aretha Franklin eulogy was true. Single-parent homes created chaos for blacks.

September 11, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Funeral was the wrong venue for Jasper Williams’ message, but black America needs to have a dialogue about the link between poverty, crime and drugs and out-of-wedlock births.

Opinion | Reports of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated, especially in Michigan

Opinion | Reports of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated, especially in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Megan Foster Friedman, Maggi Randolph

The health insurance market in Michigan is surprisingly robust, say experts from the Center for Health Research and Transformation.

Opinion | Michigan’s solar energy policy is fair. I know because I helped write it

Opinion | Michigan’s solar energy policy is fair. I know because I helped write it

September 7, 2018 | Aric Nesbitt

Aric Nesbitt was chair of a House committee that worked on a comprehensive state energy policy for two years, and he disagrees with those who say the law cripples solar energy in Michigan.

Opinion | Michigan continues to overcharge drivers of older vehicles

Opinion | Michigan continues to overcharge drivers of older vehicles

September 7, 2018 | Tom Herbon

Tom Herbon pays more in vehicle registration fees for an old, $4,500 Cadillac than his daughter pays for a $22,000 minivan. That needs to change, says the retired engineer.

Opinion | This Labor Day, let’s get workers the overtime pay they deserve

Opinion | This Labor Day, let’s get workers the overtime pay they deserve

August 30, 2018 | Nick Hanauer, Sen. Jim Ananich

It's time to bolster the forgotten middle class by finally expanding overtime eligibility here in Michigan.

Opinion: Taking Michigan to great at 2018 West Michigan Policy Forum

Opinion: Taking Michigan to great at 2018 West Michigan Policy Forum

August 30, 2018 | John Kennedy

As business leaders, it’s our responsibility to help Michigan keep its position as a welcoming home for companies and employees, and give children access to excellent education

Opinion | Grand Rapids Mayor: Leave harsh work rules out of SNAP farm bill

Opinion | Grand Rapids Mayor: Leave harsh work rules out of SNAP farm bill

August 29, 2018 | Rosalynn Bliss

No city can thrive if its children and seniors are hungry. A Michigan House bill would leave many children, seniors and disabled residents without access to healthy food.

Opinion | Want my vote? Pay attention to Michiganders too young to vote

Opinion | Want my vote? Pay attention to Michiganders too young to vote

August 28, 2018 | Matt Gillard

Our state fails many of its youngest citizens. Children advocate Matt Gillard has a list of questions we should ask all politicians this fall.

Opinion | Michigan residents, businesses must fight for solar energy rights

Opinion | Michigan residents, businesses must fight for solar energy rights

August 23, 2018 | John Freeman, Becky Stanfield

Saving money by installing solar panels will be harder to do unless the legislature steps in, say two solar energy advocates.

Opinion | When did stealing from Michigan kids become an easier political decision than raising taxes

Opinion | When did stealing from Michigan kids become an easier political decision than raising taxes

August 23, 2018 | Gilda Jacobs

Shifting money from K-12 schools to higher education was supposed to be a one-time thing. It’s become an annual occurrence, and it needs to stop, says Gilda Jacobs

Opinion | The primary election is over: Let’s talk about public health

Opinion | The primary election is over: Let’s talk about public health

August 21, 2018 | Eric Lupher

It doesn’t get the attention of an issue like crumbling roads, but public health is a vital part of our infrastructure, and we need to invest in it.

Opinion | I’m a shooting victim, and I know harsh prison sentences don’t work

Opinion | I’m a shooting victim, and I know harsh prison sentences don’t work

August 16, 2018 | Aswad Thomas

Aswad Thomas was going to be a professional basketball player until two bullets changed his life. Now he’s an advocate for crime survivors.

Opinion | Freshwater coast is key to Michigan and ‘Rust Belt’ revival

Opinion | Freshwater coast is key to Michigan and ‘Rust Belt’ revival

August 15, 2018 | John Austin

The magic of the Great Lakes and freshwater coast may be one of the few things more powerful than today’s polarized politics

Opinion | We must determine if Michigan PFAS health risks actually exist

Opinion | We must determine if Michigan PFAS health risks actually exist

August 9, 2018 | Brian Steglitz

Don’t freak out about the newest alleged threat to our health until the experts check it out, says a water treatment facility official

Opinion | Michigan is in the midst of a literacy crisis

Opinion | Michigan is in the midst of a literacy crisis

July 31, 2018 | Tamara Bashore-Berg

Our children can’t succeed if they can’t read. It’s time we do something about it.

Opinion | Learning a lesson in civility from Michigan seventh-graders

Opinion | Learning a lesson in civility from Michigan seventh-graders

July 27, 2018 | Gail Katz

In times of intolerance, a group of middle-schoolers visited the houses of worship of different religions to understand our differences and our similarities. If only adults were as mature.

Opinion | Parents don’t consider charter schools political – why do politicians?

Opinion | Parents don’t consider charter schools political – why do politicians?

July 26, 2018 | Dan Quisenberry

Nearly one in 10 students in Michigan attend a charter school, and yet they’re being kicked around to satisfy the partisan needs of the grown-ups. That has to stop, says a charter school leader.

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