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 | Quality distance learning, including summers, essential for students

Opinion | Quality distance learning, including summers, essential for students

April 13, 2020 | Amber Arellano, Alice G. Thompson

We need to address the discrepancies in equitable funding that lead to less opportunity and fewer supports for students with the greatest need. To get there, the authors suggest  three important steps.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order needs common-sense changes

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order needs common-sense changes

April 12, 2020 | Mike Shirkey

“The list of absurdities in the governor’s order is long, and unlike our gardens, it’s growing,” writes Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

Opinion | Michigan's public universities serving public mission during crisis

Opinion | Michigan's public universities serving public mission during crisis

April 11, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

The men and women on the front lines — the physicians, nurses and pharmacists battling COVID-19 statewide — are often products of Michigan’s public universities.

Opinion | Immigrants among those disproportionately hurt in coronavirus crisis

Opinion | Immigrants among those disproportionately hurt in coronavirus crisis

April 10, 2020 | Richard Bryce

Immigrants are excluded from accessing coronavirus testing and care. They deserve protections as integral community members, and because of their role on the front lines of the pandemic, writes a Detroit doctor.

Opinion | Michigan’s coronavirus response must confront poverty and racism

Opinion | Michigan’s coronavirus response must confront poverty and racism

April 10, 2020 | Amy J. Schulz, PhD, MPH, Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, MPH, Linda Chatters, PhD, MSW, Roshanak Mehdipanah, PhD, Enrique Neblett, PhD

The governor's short-term measures must become part of a longer-term strategy to promote national health by addressing deep-seated and pervasive inequities that increase vulnerability to poor health and premature and unnecessary mortality.

Opinion | In pandemic, a small Michigan hospital staff counts on each other

Opinion | In pandemic, a small Michigan hospital staff counts on each other

April 9, 2020 | Shelly Johnson, Jordan Sall

How a rural west Michigan hospital community leans on each other to weather the pandemic -- and finds itself lifted by the community.

Opinion | I’m an OB-GYN. Halting abortions won’t help supply shortage.

Opinion | I’m an OB-GYN. Halting abortions won’t help supply shortage.

April 8, 2020 | Jen Villavicencio

This is no time for putting politics and ideology ahead of patients’ needs, writes a Michigan doctor who offers abortion care during the pandemic.

Opinion | Will our Constitution’s system of checks and balances hold?

Opinion | Will our Constitution’s system of checks and balances hold?

April 8, 2020 | Carl Levin

The separation of powers. Our system of checks and balances. Adherence to the principle of co-equal branches of government. All are currently under attack by the current administration, a former Michigan senator writes.  

Opinion | Flattening the curve is not a winning strategy. Michigan must attack.

Opinion | Flattening the curve is not a winning strategy. Michigan must attack.

April 7, 2020 | Larry Buege

A retired physician assistant and Yooper has several suggestions on how to help both peninsulas protect and heal from COVID-19.

Opinion | Keeping Michigan schools closed is a devastating, necessary move

Opinion | Keeping Michigan schools closed is a devastating, necessary move

April 7, 2020 | Eve Kaltz, Russ Pickell

Medical experts have made it clear that putting children back into crowded classrooms and hallways puts them at risk, two Michigan superintendents write.

Opinion | Hate has no home in Michigan, especially in coronavirus crisis

Opinion | Hate has no home in Michigan, especially in coronavirus crisis

April 5, 2020 | Padma Kuppa, Stephanie Chang

The virus does not have a race or ethnicity. We cannot let fear during this uncertain time turn people toward prejudice and hate.

Opinion | Reducing youth incarceration can help curtail spread of coronavirus

Opinion | Reducing youth incarceration can help curtail spread of coronavirus

April 5, 2020 | Mary King

As a society, we have a shared responsibility to take care of our young people, especially during such a dangerous and unprecedented global pandemic. Because kids who get in trouble are still kids. 

Opinion | Michigan should shut abortion clinics and use supplies for coronavirus

Opinion | Michigan should shut abortion clinics and use supplies for coronavirus

April 3, 2020 | Genevieve Marnon

Elective abortions are taking place across the state, using up desperately needed gloves, gowns and masks.

Opinion | Coronavirus chronicles: a letter from Italy to Michigan

Opinion | Coronavirus chronicles: a letter from Italy to Michigan

April 2, 2020 | Alessia Carcaterra

Whether it’s “stay at home” or “Restate a casa”, the goal is the same: Stop the virus.

Opinion | How to ensure water security and beat coronavirus in Michigan

Opinion | How to ensure water security and beat coronavirus in Michigan

April 1, 2020 | Rahul Mitra

As welcome are the orders to restore water, they will not end the coronavirus crisis nor protect us from future ones, without three additional actions in the short, medium and long term.

Opinion | As a mom working in a prison, I worry about bringing coronavirus home

Opinion | As a mom working in a prison, I worry about bringing coronavirus home

April 1, 2020 | Cary Johnson as told to Maurice Chammah

“​I tell my husband to keep my son in another room, while I put my uniform in a trash bag and take a long shower.”

Opinion | Schools' responsibility to students doesn't change during pandemic

Opinion | Schools' responsibility to students doesn't change during pandemic

March 31, 2020 | Greg Talberg

Equity matters, even during COVID-19. "We should not allow this health crisis to further exacerbate the achievement gap between various student groups."

Opinion | Coronavirus exposes Midwest's economic perch; well-paying jobs are cure

Opinion | Coronavirus exposes Midwest's economic perch; well-paying jobs are cure

March 30, 2020 | John Austin

"Should our life and politics ever return to 'normal', it must be a newly urgent undertaking for our leaders to focus squarely on tangible plans to create more better- paying, new jobs" in our communities. 

Opinion | How to take care of your mental health during a medical crisis

Opinion | How to take care of your mental health during a medical crisis

March 29, 2020 | Allante’ Burnell

During this coronavirus pandemic, it's just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your medical health. 

Opinion | I’m a family doctor fighting against fear and struggling with distancing

Opinion | I’m a family doctor fighting against fear and struggling with distancing

March 26, 2020 | Tammy Chang

The impact and gravity of the coronavirus has reshaped my work life, which is now a cascade of new and changing information and more patient care.

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