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 | Detroit survey shows coronavirus crisis threatens to widen inequality

Opinion | Detroit survey shows coronavirus crisis threatens to widen inequality

April 26, 2020 | Lydia Wileden , Jeffrey Morenoff

Our data show, on average, black Detroiters put the likelihood they will run out of money in the next three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic at 56 percent, compared to only 29 percent for white residents.

Opinion | During this coronavirus crisis, Medicaid must be protected

Opinion | During this coronavirus crisis, Medicaid must be protected

April 25, 2020 | Janet Olszewski

Nearly 60 percent of Michigan’s seniors who live in nursing homes have Medicaid. Medicaid, including the Healthy Michigan Plan expansion, is critical to protecting the state's most vulnerable.

Opinion | We should rethink our views on essential workers of color

Opinion | We should rethink our views on essential workers of color

April 23, 2020 | SaMya Overall

I'm a low-income, African-American college student. When the coronavirus hit, life didn’t stop, and it definitely couldn’t be contained to the four walls of my home.

Opinion | Michigan's government could use a lesson on workforce deployment

Opinion | Michigan's government could use a lesson on workforce deployment

April 23, 2020 | Lynn Afendoulis

"Instead of laying people off, why not assign them to the Unemployment Insurance Agency?" asks a state representative who says her office is fielding hundreds of calls from people who can't file claims or get answers.

Opinion | Celebrate Earth Day by protecting Michigan environment from Line 5

Opinion | Celebrate Earth Day by protecting Michigan environment from Line 5

April 22, 2020 | Regina Gasco-Bentley, Bryan Newland, Aaron Payment

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the authors say the pipeline is a massive risk to Michigan, our tourism economy and our tribes.

Opinion | Michigan small businesses, we must stay the course

Opinion | Michigan small businesses, we must stay the course

April 21, 2020 | Branden Snyder

Small businesses are the heart of Michigan’s economy. The state will need the small business community when it’s time to stitch our economy back together.

Opinion | Health care workers like me need more protection to fight coronavirus

Opinion | Health care workers like me need more protection to fight coronavirus

April 20, 2020 | Jamie Brown

We desperately need critical supplies: masks, PPEs, ventilators and testing kits.  What matters most is getting equipment and policy protections in place for nurses and other health care professionals as soon as possible.

Opinion | We must hold strong on environmental protections during this crisis

Opinion | We must hold strong on environmental protections during this crisis

April 20, 2020 | Lisa Wozniak

Trump’s actions hinder EPA enforcement of drinking water and air quality protections, as well as cleanup of contaminated sites. Critical environmental policies must remain in place as we move through and past this pandemic.

Opinion | The coronavirus almost killed me. Early action bought me time.

Opinion | The coronavirus almost killed me. Early action bought me time.

April 19, 2020 | William Vajda

For leaders and decision-makers at all levels of government, the lessons learned are straight-forward: Take the risk seriously.

Opinion | Michigan, what are we waiting for? Vote by mail is next logical step

Opinion | Michigan, what are we waiting for? Vote by mail is next logical step

April 18, 2020 | Lavora Barnes

Voting by mail is safe, secure and accessible. It allows more voters to participate in our democracy, and it’s a common-sense way to run an election, especially during a public health crisis, writes the chair of Michigan Democratic Party.

Opinion | Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

Opinion | Kids deserve more from school. Give them an education, not a calendar

April 17, 2020 | Beth DeShone

Now’s the time — this spring and summer — to explore, to develop, and to deploy a new way of doing things in Michigan schools: a switch to mastery-based learning, a new concept for a lot of us.

Opinion | Older Americans risking coronavirus exposure to get their medication

Opinion | Older Americans risking coronavirus exposure to get their medication

April 16, 2020 | Sarah Vordenberg, Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher

More than half of seniors in a survey indicated that they planned to keep going to the pharmacy to get refills as they normally would, despite the risk of coming in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer needs our help in this crisis. That's common sense.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer needs our help in this crisis. That's common sense.

April 14, 2020 | Beth Bowen

Whether you voted for Gretchen Whitmer or not, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, whether you live in Onekama or Detroit, she is working to protect you and your family.

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.

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