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

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Snyder betrays Michigan with foolish Line 5 deal

Gov. Snyder betrays Michigan with foolish Line 5 deal

December 7, 2017 | Jim Lively

Residents have made it clear: The oil pipeline should be decommissioned. So why isn’t the governor listening?

Eliminating the scourge of fraternity hazing in Michigan

Eliminating the scourge of fraternity hazing in Michigan

November 30, 2017 | T.R. Shaw Jr.

Hazing, alcohol and sexual abuse at the University of Michigan, Ohio State and other college campuses threaten young lives, and the future of the Greek system.

Michigan’s ballast water restriction in Great Lakes hasn’t worked

Michigan’s ballast water restriction in Great Lakes hasn’t worked

November 18, 2017 | Dan Meeuwsen

The state law, meant to keep out invasive species, doesn’t work because no other lake states follow it. That means ships now bypass Michigan for ports in other states, hurting our businesses and economy.

Prosecution of Michigan health officials fueled by fear

Prosecution of Michigan health officials fueled by fear

November 18, 2017 | Janet Olszewski

Nick Lyon and Eden Wells are public servants of integrity; their prosecution creates the suggestion of scapegoating.

Michigan hunters don’t need more deer

Michigan hunters don’t need more deer

November 15, 2017 | Marvin Roberson

An overabundance of deer causes thousands of car crashes and millions of dollars in crop damage annually. Yet the state DNR keeps pushing for more deer, which serves hunters at the expense of the general public.

Waste in the water ‒ why Michigan needs a state septic code

Waste in the water ‒ why Michigan needs a state septic code

November 13, 2017 | Joan Rose

Roughly half of Michigan’s rivers and streams exceed safety standards for E. coli bacteria, yet we are the only state without a uniform septic code.

Wayne State launches Innovation Hub to speed entrepreneurial growth

Wayne State launches Innovation Hub to speed entrepreneurial growth

November 9, 2017 | W. David Tarver, Keith Whitfield

The program, launching Nov. 15, is intended to help students and faculty in all academic fields seize the opportunity to innovate.

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