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 | As we fix Michigan’s damn roads, fix the damn funding formula

March 22, 2019 | Robert Ficano

A law passed in 1951 is short-changing Michigan’s metropolitan areas, where roads are most heavily traveled.

Opinion | Calm down, Michigan, the sky isn’t falling, nor is school funding

March 20, 2019 | Ben DeGrow

Michigan Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, penned a guest commentary questioning the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s views on school funding. Here’s the Mackinac Center’s response.

Opinion | There’s no excuse for Michigan kids going to bed hungry

March 19, 2019 | Phil Knight

Too many families deal with food insecurity. We have to work together to end it.

Opinion | College admission scandal: Don’t be blinded by ‘elite’ schools

March 15, 2019 | Patrick O'Connor

Most families don’t cheat. But many feel pressure to get their kids into the “right” college. But what if the “right” school isn’t at the top of all the lists? A college adviser warns of the limits of college rankings.

Opinion | My Michigan roads plan won’t break your pocketbook

March 15, 2019 | Jeff Yaroch

A 45-cent tax increase on a gallon of gas is ridiculous, says a Republican representative who pitches other ways to fund road repairs.

Opinion | Everyone – not just drivers – should pay for Michigan roads

March 13, 2019 | John Hanieski

The former chief economist for the Michigan Department of Commerce agrees Michigan needs to spend more on roads, but disagrees that a gas tax is the way to raise the money.

I am the Michigan teacher removed from teaching African-American history

March 12, 2019 | Scott Craig

Birmingham teacher Scott Craig defends his class syllabus and argues that the district’s handling of parents’ concerns will make teachers reluctant to tackle difficult or controversial subjects in the classroom

Opinion | Big utility companies want to limit options for Michigan customers

March 11, 2019 | Jackson Koeppel

A group with ties to DTE wrote a recent guest column in Bridge accusing solar energy groups of trying to profit from low-income Michigan residents. The leader of one solar group offers this rebuttal.

Opinion | Don’t believe the hype – Michigan school funding is down, not up

March 8, 2019 | Dayna Polehanki

Dayna Polehanki was a school teacher before becoming a state senator, and she argues that Republicans are being disingenuous when they say education funding is at an all-time high.

Opinion | Hell no to Gov. Whitmer’s new taxes, says Sen. Peter Lucido

March 8, 2019 | Peter Lucido

The Republican Senate majority whip blasts Michigan’s Democratic governor’s plan to pay for road repairs by raising the tax on a gallon of gas by 45 cents.

Opinion | Why does ‘fixing’ Michigan pensions stick it to workers?

March 7, 2019 | Leonard Page

Workers didn’t create the unfunded liability crisis hitting Michigan communities. Yet they are the ones being asked to make sacrifices.

Opinion | A conservative case for criminal record ‘Clean Slate’ in Michigan

March 4, 2019 | Jesse Kelley, Arthur Rizer

An estimated half million Michigan adults have criminal records that hobble their ability to get jobs. Could wiping their slate clean help the state economy, and actually reduce recidivism?

Opinion | Military leaders set example for child care in Michigan

March 1, 2019 | Carl Camden, William Henderson

Michigan needs to invest more in child care, for the sake of families and businesses alike.

Opinion | Solar lobbyists seek subsidies at expense of low-income Michiganders

February 26, 2019 | W.L. Starghill Jr.

The battle over Michigan home solar power energy continues in this guest column by a member of Michigan Energy Promise, a group defending current state policies.

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

February 20, 2019 | Kate Madigan

Michigan can’t throw up its hands and say it can’t make a difference in something as big as climate change. But we need to do our part.

Opinion | No teacher shortage yet in Michigan, but the talent pipeline is leaking

February 18, 2019 | Eric Lupher

Fewer college students are considering careers in teaching, and new teachers flee the profession at a high rate. Michigan needs to address those issues.

Opinion | It’s not just trust that’s lost in Flint, some water remains unsafe

February 12, 2019 | Jill Ryan

Michigan shouldn’t turn its attention away from Flint just because the state says drinking water is “restored,” says an environmental activist.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

February 11, 2019 | Brad Lyman

Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

February 8, 2019 | John Truscott

The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.

Opinion | Lincoln Park program builds work skills for autistic young adults

February 8, 2019 | Nicole Chubb

This isn’t the sort of program you hear a lot about. But it’s the kind of program that makes a difference.