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 Valentine’s Day in which children actually come last

March 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler

Our lack of concern for children begins far earlier than their exposure to gunfire by intruders with assault weapons.

Opinion | Don’t let Islamophobia spoil Abdul El-Sayed’s campaign for governor

February 27, 2018 | Jermain Jones

Yes, this is an important race for Democrats. But their fear about voters’ perceptions shouldn’t preemptively kill the dynamic young doctor’s campaign.

Opinion: Fox meet henhouse ‒ what happens if industry runs Michigan DEQ

February 22, 2018 | Chris Kolb

Current bills that would give oil, mining or other industry reps oversight over the state’s environmental agency would be a disaster for Michigan.

The revolution has started. Now Michigan must lead it.

February 22, 2018 | Rick Snyder

Gov. Snyder predicts a future where traditional school degrees are replaced by a more targeted, competency based approach to job skills and lifelong learning.

After Amazon, Michigan needs more students educated beyond high school

February 20, 2018 | Brandy Johnson

Michigan residents need the 21st-Century skills necessary to compete in the global market economy.

Michigan’s DEQ needs reform. Oversight boards are a common sense solution.

February 14, 2018 | Rich Studley, Carl Bednarski

Critics who fear giving industry representatives a seat on panels reviewing DEQ decisions are worried about losing their own influence.

Michigan youth in the juvenile justice system don’t have the luxury of time

February 13, 2018 | Paul Elam

Despite reforms, the state’s juvenile justice system remains inconsistent in how juveniles are punished and without a way to track the system’s performance statewide.

Farmers have carrots. Schools need veggies. A Michigan success story.

February 8, 2018 | Diane Conners

A state pilot program that rewards farmers for providing produce to local schools should be funded across Michigan.

Get real. Detroit wasn’t ready for Amazon. So don’t blame transit.

February 6, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Despite progress, a city with so many negatives isn’t ready to compete for big projects. Acknowledge it, and make improvements, not excuses.

The Mackinac Center explains where poop goes in Michigan

February 2, 2018 | Jason Hayes, Garrick Anderson

Mackinac takes aim at a trade group’s video that suggests aging infrastructure is to blame for poop flowing into Michigan’s lakes and rivers. In fact, poop is designed to enter the water so it won’t back into our homes.

Why does Michigan honor a slave-holding senator, while forgetting a senator who fought slavery?

February 1, 2018 | John Mogk

Rethinking why we still celebrate U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, who owned and sold slaves, and helped implement national “Indian Removal” policies.

Opinion | Don’t believe the hype. Mike Duggan didn’t save Detroit.

January 30, 2018 | Karen Dumas

Detroit was never as bad as the media once portrayed. And the city isn’t as good as they say it is now.

Tax cuts over college grads ‒ no wonder Michigan struggles

January 25, 2018 | Lou Glazer

The most successful U.S. states are not characterized by low taxes, but by high levels of college graduates in the knowledge economy.

How liberal critics of gentrification are hurting the poor

January 11, 2018 | Jason Segedy

The very people who claim to be fighting entrenched poverty in places like Detroit are inadvertently perpetuating it.

Robots don’t have to win: Michigan has what it takes to create jobs

January 11, 2018 | John Austin

In every fast growing sector linked to solving the world’s big challenges, Michigan has the expertise to show the way.

Opinion | Bill Schuette failed consumers as Michigan Attorney General

January 9, 2018 | Mark Totten

A former rival assails Schuette, citing a forthcoming study in a Harvard legal journal showing Schuette has given less attention to consumer protection efforts than attorneys general in most states.

Opinion | When doctors don’t do their homework, they enable opioid abuse

January 4, 2018 | Rebecca Cunningham

To reduce drug abuse, a new law requires doctors to check a patient’s drug history on a state database before prescribing dangerous narcotics. But the law only works if doctors follow it.

Special education funding falls more heavily on urban school districts

December 21, 2017 | Craig Thiel, Sarah Reckhow

While the state requires special education services for eligible students, it only funds a portion of the overall costs.

Jail official: State funding for mental health will reduce crime and save money

December 19, 2017 | Troy Goodnough

A pilot program in Monroe County helps jail inmates take control of their mental health, making them less likely to reoffend when they get out.   

Michigan leaders have tunnel vision on Line 5

December 19, 2017 | Jim Olson

Gov. Snyder and the state are not fulfilling their duty to residents to find alternatives to the Enbridge pipeline that flows under the Straits of Mackinac