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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.
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If the Supreme Court strikes down redistricting reform it would disrespect for the people’s right to decide how their government works, and contempt for the intelligence of voters.
Oakland County remains the economic engine of Michigan, even if the “Gilbert cartel” has poached some jobs. Looking out for county taxpayers doesn’t mean Oakland isn’t cooperating with neighbors.
Former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano urges governor candidates to consider new tax policies to help grow small businesses, rather than business titans.
The state isn’t powerless to intercede on behalf of children separated from their parents at the Mexican border and housed in Michigan, says Rep. Tim Greimel
If the U.S. and Michigan don’t invest more in education, infrastructure and technology soon, China will own the next century, says Michigan’s former schools superintendent
They’re too young to vote, but in Michigan, 17-year-olds are considered adults in criminal court. Only four states do that.
Putting reviews of ballot initiatives at the end of the process creates headaches and expensive misfires, says the president of the Citizens Research Council.
Little pay and no respect aren’t good selling points for professionals who could teach college courses, exposing students to the real world.
Prioritizing early childhood education will help turn Michigan around. It’s time to start, says the Democratic candidate for governor.
he director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights says the agency has taken steps to reduce bias that led to the public health crisis.
In dueling speeches, Knezek, a Democratic state senator, and Republican Sen. Patrick Colbeck duke it out over controversial changes to Michigan social studies standards.
The steel industry is the main beneficiary of a new lock proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder and President Donald Trump. So why isn’t that industry opening its wallet?
The state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate defends his work helping revise Michigan’s social studies standards.
Don’t let politicians get away with generic statements about improving schools, says MSU professor Jack Smith.
Only 10 of Michigan’s 42 universities and colleges have specific goals to curb greenhouse gases. That needs to change.
We will not solve the lead exposure problem in Michigan by only testing for lead paint and ignoring the ongoing threat of lead in our water.
Almost as endangered today as the northern white rhino, school librarians may be making a comeback, if three legislators have their way.
You’ve read the doom-and-gloom stories. But they fail to point out how well many Michigan students are doing.
Mitchell Robinson understands the desire to try things to improve Michigan schools. But he believes a package of bills addressing teacher education do more harm than good.