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 | Puppy fight! Michigan legislator says he’s the one protecting pets

Opinion | Puppy fight! Michigan legislator says he’s the one protecting pets

May 23, 2018 | Hank Vaupel

Rep. Hank Vaupel takes offense at a guest column accusing him of supporting puppy mills. He’s the one trying to close them down, says the former vet.

Opinion | 5 lessons Michigan cities can learn from the Twin Cities

Opinion | 5 lessons Michigan cities can learn from the Twin Cities

May 22, 2018 | Lou Glazer

Metro Minneapolis is one of the most liveable regions in the country. It didn’t happen overnight.

Opinion | Michigan’s largest universities must lead on renewable energy

Opinion | Michigan’s largest universities must lead on renewable energy

May 17, 2018 | Tom Porter

Michigan State and particularly the University of Michigan trail leading Big Ten schools in their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint on campus

Opinion | Michigan may soon be forced to pay cities under Headlee

Opinion | Michigan may soon be forced to pay cities under Headlee

May 17, 2018 | John Mogk

An appeals court is expected to soon decide whether the state is shorting Michigan local governments billions of dollars a year under the Headlee Amendment to the state constitution  

Opinion | Calley: Schuette’s land deals reveal his hypocrisy on transparency

Opinion | Calley: Schuette’s land deals reveal his hypocrisy on transparency

May 16, 2018 | Brian Calley

Bill Schuette, a candidate for governor, had claimed all his assets were in a blind trust. Then how to explain undisclosed, million-dollar properties that he sold in the Virgin Islands? An op-ed from his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

Opinion | Trump is my president. But his tariffs would ruin my company.

Opinion | Trump is my president. But his tariffs would ruin my company.

May 15, 2018 | Mary Buchzeiger

Mary Buchzeiger is CEO of a $40 million auto supplier. She’s a loyal Republican. And she’s scared her president is going to run her out of business.

Opinion | Blaming deposits on low recycling is idea that should be trashed

Opinion | Blaming deposits on low recycling is idea that should be trashed

May 15, 2018 | Sean Hammond

Ditching the 10-cent per bottle deposit law is a seriously bad idea.

Opinion | Don’t punish schools because Johnny can’t read. Invest in them instead.

Opinion | Don’t punish schools because Johnny can’t read. Invest in them instead.

May 10, 2018 | Nancy Flanagan

A former Michigan Teacher of the Year reminds us that we’ve long worried about how well our children read, but we keep ignoring the real solutions

Opinion | Michigan term limits sounded good, but they’ve failed

Opinion | Michigan term limits sounded good, but they’ve failed

May 8, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Michigan has had a quarter century of experience with term limits, but the promises of a more dynamic democracy never came to fruition.

Opinion | Can Michigan at least agree to protect puppies? Apparently not.

Opinion | Can Michigan at least agree to protect puppies? Apparently not.

May 8, 2018 | Molly Tamulevich

A bill being considered in the Michigan House would bar local communities from instituting ordinances that ban the retail sale of puppies on stores. Some pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills.

I worked hard for my degree. But I won’t attend MSU graduation today.

I worked hard for my degree. But I won’t attend MSU graduation today.

May 4, 2018 | Bonnie McGill

The writer, a doctoral student, said she, like victims of Larry Nassar, faced indifference from the school after she sought help for sexually harassment

Opinion | Michigan’s recycling efforts dragged down by unfair deposit law

Opinion | Michigan’s recycling efforts dragged down by unfair deposit law

May 2, 2018 | Amy Drumm

Bottle deposits may have made sense in 1976. But today they’re depressing recycling rates and limiting consumer options.

Opinion | Want to improve literacy in Michigan? Restore school librarians

Opinion | Want to improve literacy in Michigan? Restore school librarians

May 1, 2018 | Kathy Lester

As the number of school librarians dropped, so did Michigan’s literacy rank. One school librarian doesn’t think that’s a coincidence.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to invest in our kids

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to invest in our kids

May 1, 2018 | Denise Smith

Early childhood is the time when a good education can make the most difference. Yet it’s where we invest the least. That needs to change.

Opinion | Michigan is making a difference in STEM education

Opinion | Michigan is making a difference in STEM education

April 26, 2018 | Patrick Colbeck

The robots are coming, and it’s a good thing, says state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, an engineer, who argues for continued investment in STEM programs in Michigan public schools.

Opinion | Beware of unintended consequences of Michigan Medicaid work demand

Opinion | Beware of unintended consequences of Michigan Medicaid work demand

April 20, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Renuka Tipirneni, Luke Shaefer

Most adult Medicaid recipients already work, are in school or face real obstacles to jobs. And without investing in childcare or other support, many low-income parents would face a bind.

Opinion | Denhollander: MSU, please stop lying about Nassar victims

Opinion | Denhollander: MSU, please stop lying about Nassar victims

April 19, 2018 | Rachael Denhollander

Rachael Denhollander says MSU interim leader John Engler and his team are using the same smears against Larry Nassar’s female victims as Nassar’s defense lawyers.

Opinion | Healthy rivers and lakes attract investment to Michigan communities

Opinion | Healthy rivers and lakes attract investment to Michigan communities

April 18, 2018 | Jon Allan

A Huron River study suggests that Michigan’s blue economy can bring businesses, workers and joy to towns across the state

Opinion | English as Michigan’s official language? How Lansing spends its time.

Opinion | English as Michigan’s official language? How Lansing spends its time.

April 17, 2018 | Victoria Crouse

Victoria Crouse recalls the fear associated with learning English when she came to Michigan as a child. She wonders if the point of a bill making English the official language is to make immigrants more fearful.

Opinion | Michigan Teacher of the Year: 5 ways to motivate students

Opinion | Michigan Teacher of the Year: 5 ways to motivate students

April 17, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Math teacher Luke Wilcox disputes the notion that it isn’t a teacher’s job to motivate students. He offers his top strategies for motivating students to care.

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