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 Ron French at rfrench@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Opinion | How Michigan State lost its way and why the future holds promise

Opinion | How Michigan State lost its way and why the future holds promise

December 18, 2019 | Frank A. Fear

A retired MSU professor traces the administration’s fumbling of the Nassar sex-assault scandal to leadership that no longer valued deep input and engagement with faculty and students. That may now be changing, he writes in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | New solar energy law provides another boost to expanding renewables

Opinion | New solar energy law provides another boost to expanding renewables

December 17, 2019 | Phil Rausch

Removing barriers to solar panel installation is an investment in the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit, says the author of Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Prison spokesman: Guest column wrong about inmate medical care

Opinion | Prison spokesman: Guest column wrong about inmate medical care

December 16, 2019 | Chris Gautz

The spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections notes major fact errors in a column by a Bridge guest writer pushing for prisoners to receive access to Medicaid. The original column was removed from the site.

Opinion | Retirement must be factored in with considering teacher salaries

Opinion | Retirement must be factored in with considering teacher salaries

December 13, 2019 | Royce Humm

Retirement system costs for school personnel should be a high priority and shouldn’t be viewed as competition with school operations budget, says this guest author.

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

December 12, 2019 | Amanda Price

Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 Law isn’t some scary new policy looming over local students – it’s an essential reform that’s already yielding real results that benefit our kids, says the author of this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Put Michigan’s undocumented farmworkers on a path to citizenship

Opinion | Put Michigan’s undocumented farmworkers on a path to citizenship

December 10, 2019 | Jim Byrum

The bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a compromise that will benefit immigrants working in agriculture and improve the H-2A temporary worker program, the president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association says in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | We’re changing the rules for factory farms in Michigan

Opinion | We’re changing the rules for factory farms in Michigan

December 5, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Rebecca Wolf

Michigan is nearing common sense reforms of factory farms, but Big Ag is determined to block them.

Opinion | Michigan's management of wolf population is outdated

Opinion | Michigan's management of wolf population is outdated

December 1, 2019 | Richard P. Smith

It’s time for Michigan wolves to be removed from the Endangered Species Act to reduce conflicts and protect human safety, says this Marquette outdoors writer in a Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

November 25, 2019 | Mike Jandernoa

Holding children back so they can achieve future success is not “punitive;” it is proactive.

Opinion | Wanted: A winning message on immigration

Opinion | Wanted: A winning message on immigration

November 22, 2019 | Steve Tobocman, John Austin

President Trump cut off one of Michigan’s only sources of population growth — resettlement — but pure outrage and righteousness directed at his stance on immigrants can be polarizing.

Opinion | When cities don’t invest in neighborhoods, youth are the victims

Opinion | When cities don’t invest in neighborhoods, youth are the victims

November 20, 2019 | Tiffany Clarke

Lack of investment from businesses translates into a low-income tax base, lower home ownership rates, and lower investment in schools, says a Grand Rapids nonprofit director in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Detroit’s future depends on training Detroiters for today’s jobs

Opinion | Detroit’s future depends on training Detroiters for today’s jobs

November 14, 2019 | Jodie Adams Kirshner

Manufacturing no longer provides the jobs for a city with the nation’s lowest workforce participation rate. In this Guest Commentary, the author of a new book on post-bankruptcy Detroit suggests a smarter training approach for the city’s forgotten workers. 

Opinion | The veteran population is changing. We must change with it

Opinion | The veteran population is changing. We must change with it

November 9, 2019 | Zaneta Adams

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is restructuring operations and expanding its reach amid a high suicide rate among young veterans and a rise in women who need service, the director writes in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | John Conyers Jr. is laid to rest. His work, and legacy, live on in Michigan

Opinion | John Conyers Jr. is laid to rest. His work, and legacy, live on in Michigan

November 5, 2019 | Heaster Wheeler

The former U.S. congressman, who died at age 90 late last month, was a titan for justice and link from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama. He never stopped fighting for underdogs.

Opinion | Enbridge is not working to protect Michigan waters

Opinion | Enbridge is not working to protect Michigan waters

November 5, 2019 | Liz Kirkwood

Recent developments on the Line 5 tunnel provide another glimpse into Enbridge Energy's playbook of distraction and deception.

Opinion | Homelessness is solvable. We’re committing $5 million toward it

Opinion | Homelessness is solvable. We’re committing $5 million toward it

October 30, 2019 | Kate Levin Markel

Supportive housing, like Detroit’s new development for LGBTQ youth, is a proven intervention, providing shelter without restrictions.

Opinion | Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

Opinion | Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change

October 29, 2019 | Mark Reynolds, Richard Barron

It seems Republicans and Democrats are coming together for the good of our planet. National pricing on carbon offers promising common ground.

Opinion | Michigan spending more on education, but teacher pay stagnant

Opinion | Michigan spending more on education, but teacher pay stagnant

October 27, 2019 | Eric Lupher

Lansing’s failures to adequately manage and fund the state retirement system of teachers is chewing up the small annual increases in the state budget for K-12 education.

Opinion | How a challenge helped us triple student voter turnout at U-M

Opinion | How a challenge helped us triple student voter turnout at U-M

October 25, 2019 | Edie Goldenberg

The 14 Big Ten universities shared an overall goal of helping eligible students get registered to vote, learn about candidates and ballot issues, and cast their ballots. The winners of the challenge? The students who learn and become engaged in our democracy.  

Opinion | 'Clean Slate' should simplify, not complicate, expungement process

Opinion | 'Clean Slate' should simplify, not complicate, expungement process

October 25, 2019 | Jesse Kelley, Nila Bala

The current process for expungement in Michigan is confusing and costly. A mechanism that automatically clears criminal convictions after 10 years is good policy that could create more  law-abiding citizens.

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