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 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 | Our state budget is a casualty of COVID-19. These principles could help.

Opinion | Our state budget is a casualty of COVID-19. These principles could help.

May 13, 2020 | Bob Emerson, John Walsh

Two budget directors for Michigan governors Granholm and Snyder, no strangers to difficult financial decisions, lay out a framework for those addressing pending state budget issues.

Opinion | Youth organizations serve vital, often overlooked, role during crisis

Opinion | Youth organizations serve vital, often overlooked, role during crisis

May 13, 2020 | Jeannine Gant

There are plenty of youth-serving organizations around our state that assist youth inside the curve. Find one that is doing good work on behalf of disconnected children and give them a little stimulus to continue their missions well after the curve is flattened.

Opinion | Reopening Michigan: Policies ignore how vulnerable Americans really are

Opinion | Reopening Michigan: Policies ignore how vulnerable Americans really are

May 11, 2020 | Scott L. Greer, Katarzyna Klasa, Neil Mehta

It is not just a few people with esoteric diseases that society needs to be concerned about. It is most of us, from our employees to our neighbors to our families to the guy on the next treadmill at the gym when it reopens and, for a majority of Michiganders, ourselves. 

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

May 10, 2020 | Justin Schott

"I, too, support many forms of liberation, albeit of a different stripe than most protesters in Lansing have in mind."

Opinion | Controlling the spread of COVID-19 requires radical racial solidarity

Opinion | Controlling the spread of COVID-19 requires radical racial solidarity

May 8, 2020 | William D. Lopez, Alford A. Young Jr.

The authors, professors at the University of Michigan, outline short- and long-term solutions that address historic systems of injustice.

Opinion | A healthy economy needs a healthy workforce. Here's our plan.

Opinion | A healthy economy needs a healthy workforce. Here's our plan.

May 8, 2020 | Stephanie Chang, Jeremy Moss, Sylvia Santana

"We have heard from thousands of workers across the state, many of whom are afraid to go to work and who do not feel their workplaces are ready for safe operation. We have heard from workers not being given masks. We know that no-touch thermometers for screening are scarce," these state senators write.

Opinion | Michigan food, agriculture sectors are essential. Let’s keep them safe.

Opinion | Michigan food, agriculture sectors are essential. Let’s keep them safe.

May 5, 2020 | Gary McDowell

The industries' real-world significance became evident, for the first time in anyone’s memory, we all went to our local grocery store last month and encountered empty shelves. 

Opinion | Lessons from India help us fight coronavirus in Detroit, Seattle

Opinion | Lessons from India help us fight coronavirus in Detroit, Seattle

May 4, 2020 | Teena Chopra, Anita Chopra

Physicians and sisters Teena and Anita Chopra draw inspiration from a grandfather they never saw, whose tireless efforts in 1945 helped save vulnerable residents in Punjab, India during a cholera epidemic.

Opinion | Coronavirus is opportunity for case study on business survival

Opinion | Coronavirus is opportunity for case study on business survival

May 4, 2020 | John Moore

Our future business leaders will emerge more flexible and adept if they examine what it’s like to ride through a crisis.

Opinion | Guns and screaming at Michigan Capitol drown out message of protest

Opinion | Guns and screaming at Michigan Capitol drown out message of protest

May 3, 2020 | Ken Horn

Protesters had good reason to descend upon the Michigan Capitol last week to protest Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. Their voices went unheard, however, because some protesters waved guns and screamed at police.

Opinion | What's behind the racial disparity in COVID-19 cases

Opinion | What's behind the racial disparity in COVID-19 cases

May 2, 2020 | Melissa S. Creary, Paul J. Fleming

The conditions in which you grew up, live, learn, work, and play—are key drivers of health disparities and are much more important and influential than individual behaviors or genetics. Put simply, race is not a risk factor—racism is.

Opinion | How the pandemic will hit local government pension systems

Opinion | How the pandemic will hit local government pension systems

May 2, 2020 | Craig Thiel, James M. Hohman

Local governments were already carrying pension debt before recent market declines. Now they will struggle to pay for losses their plans have incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion | Why instructing online is an inadequate way of teaching

Opinion | Why instructing online is an inadequate way of teaching

May 2, 2020 | Paul Ruth

The rigor is still there, the assignments are still there, the reaching out and motivation are still there, but the human component is lacking in some of the crucial moments as a teacher.

Opinion | There's help for survivors of domestic violence during stay-home order

Opinion | There's help for survivors of domestic violence during stay-home order

May 1, 2020 | Barbara Niess-May

Many Michigan law enforcement agencies and programs like SafeHouse Center have not had spikes in calls related to domestic violence.  We believe fear, isolation and privacy play a part.

Opinion | High school seniors: College is still possible. We've got your back.

Opinion | High school seniors: College is still possible. We've got your back.

May 1, 2020 | Ashley Johnson

An open letter to Detroit seniors: Even in the midst of COVID-19, we believe in a #CollegeBoundDetroit. 

Opinion | Tuition-free college plan is smart investment in Michigan’s future

Opinion | Tuition-free college plan is smart investment in Michigan’s future

May 1, 2020 | Michelle Miller-Adams

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s G.I. Bill-style proposal for essential workers isn’t just a savvy political move. It moves the state forward.

Opinion | Stacking best practices to help Michiganders safely return to work

Opinion | Stacking best practices to help Michiganders safely return to work

April 29, 2020 | DuBois Bowman, Sharon Kardia

Research tells us that having several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lower the risk of another spike is necessary to manage this outbreak while re-engaging our economy.

Opinion | Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

Opinion | Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

April 28, 2020 | Diana Sieger

Many sectors — philanthropy, health care, business and government included — have in building an equitable recovery. The time is now to come together to combat inequities and ensure the best outcomes. 

Opinion | Michigan’s rural communities, schools are being overlooked again

Opinion | Michigan’s rural communities, schools are being overlooked again

April 27, 2020 | Ellen Offen

What do our leaders think is going to happen in the years to come if our national response to COVID-19 is only to bail out big corporations while small towns in Michigan and across the country get a drop in the bucket?

Opinion | Now is the time to address Michigan fiscal policy

Opinion | Now is the time to address Michigan fiscal policy

April 27, 2020 | Eric Scorsone

All of the hard work and leadership many local governments have put in to save money for a rainy day may be quickly undone by the COVID-19 downturn. 

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