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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 Ron French at email@example.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
A bill that that would increase government transparency appears stalled in the Michigan Senate, after passing by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the House. Why?
Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez moved with their son Lucas from Michigan to Minnesota because Michigan bans same-sex marriage and joint adoptions. A recent appeals court ruling means they won’t be returning soon.
To attract a talented workforce and compete with rival states, Michigan must invest in more reliable and accessible public transit, and make our communities more walkable and bike-friendly.
It’s a lot more than “academic” – the limitations on taxation imposed by the Headlee amendment have been a needed governor on excess spending.
Model programs in states like Oklahoma provide money to attract quality teachers and properly train them, an upfront investment that will pay off mightily for Michigan down the road.
Sen. Richardville is blocking a FOIA bill that will keep the government from refusing to turn over public records, or charging exorbitant fees for their release. Passing this bill will make government bureaucrats more accountable.
Gov. Snyder’s common-sense reforms, economic policies are fueling Michigan’s comeback.
How much difference can a governor make to Michigan’s economy? Not as much as pundits and politicians think.
If the state doesn’t strike deal on public mineral rights, the money could go to private landowners who could still drill for oil and gas under the park.
The Michigan Political Leadership Program has launched political careers across parties and across the state. Applications for next year’s class are being taken now.
Michigan should not spend billions of dollars on care that does not improve our health.
The question isn’t whether the state should, or should not, sell off rights to oil and gas drilling on state land. The question is whether the state is leaving money on the table?
Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon hurt the new president’s popularity, and may have cost him an election. But it allowed the country to heal and move beyond Watergate.
Michigan children are in the bottom tier of states nationally in education. Investing in high-quality childcare and parental education will help the poorest children catch up.
Why is turnout so low in non-presidential elections? Some simple reforms could make it easier to cast a ballot, and make the state’s voter participation close the gap with registration.
National investors are increasingly bullish about Michigan startups, getting past the mindset that we’re a flyover state.
The traditional prison approach – anchored in a heavy reliance on incarceration, even for those who could be more effectively punished in other ways – is a losing strategy.
UCLA turned down $3 million from Donald Sterling. Why does Calvin accept millions from a foundation tied to Blackwater?
There is plenty of blame to go around for this diminished Michigan Dream. The biggest culprit is not the Great Recession, but the wrongheaded belief that cutting taxes will improve the economy.
Summer is the perfect time to plan for life after high school, whether you are college-bound or entering the workforce. Here are a few quick tasks any student can perform.