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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.
Gov. Whitmer recently restored financial aid access for incarcerated college students but more policy changes are needed to fully restore access to college in prison.
A Michigan school superintendent says his district has seen a 71 percent increase in tobacco-related incidents in the past two years, despite efforts to both educate students and address offenses to the codes of conduct.
The county's diverse population poses challenges, especially regarding language and trust in local governments. These barriers increase the chances immigrant Americans will be undercounted in the 2020 census.
Milliken's biographer pauses after his passing to revisit what the former Michigan governor was able to accomplish, and how he got it done.
As rents skyrocket in hip neighborhoods like Corktown, long-term residents are vulnerable and Detroit needs to consider subsidies or other programs to prevent displacement.
Mackinac, Pontiac, Washtenaw, and even Michigan are names drawn from the amazing tribal heritage in our great state. That's why I proposed SB 568, a bill to rename the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Michigan's state government faces more than 1.5 million attempted cyberattacks on IT networks, servers, and systems daily. Fending off these criminal attempts to access private information is a top priority and the $4 million in cuts to the state's cybersecurity efforts is disturbing.
Bridge Magazine wants to hear readers’ perspective on Michigan’s critical issues. By reaching and hearing the views of others, perhaps we can find common ground and work together to move this state forward, our Guest Commentary editor writes.
With more than 147 line-item vetoes, the governor signaled a stark change from her earlier stance on a roads plan and other funding. However, her 2019-20 budget does reflect one of her campaign promises to Native American communities: a fully-funded tuition waiver program.
While the budget that went into effect on Oct. 1 funded many Michigan health priorities, many vital needs remain unmet.
Access, affordability and coverage already act as major hurdles to proper dental care for too many families. Medicare for All proposals currently under consideration by Congress—and similar plans — could make things much worse.
Two GOP representatives -- also parents of children with special needs -- say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was wrong to use vulnerable residents as leverage in the road funding debate. They've introduced a plan that would restore funding for the autism services she cut from the budget.
Wind and solar energy beat the cost of gas. Detroit and other cities don’t need to invest in gas lines, when they could save $60 billion on repair expenses and environmental and fuel costs, this energy economist writes.
There is no single “Michigan affordable housing crisis.” Instead, there are varied housing challenges that need to be addressed in each region, city, suburb and rural community.
Funding for students at independent colleges and universities is a vital investment in the well-being of the state — a blending of the individual and common good, says this university president.
Seven Michigan communities will have electric buses on the road soon.
Michigan and other states have started to see a decline in deaths from opioid overdoses -– proof that strong action can help save lives. However, one critical barrier remains: stigma.
The governor and state Legislature must use their oversight powers to reject the proposal by unelected Michigan policymakers to strip access to this treatment from many Michigan patients.
An Ingham County Clerk says that the state’s elections have numerous checks and balances that offer a level of security unmatched by many other states.
Being a leader is recognizing when you have made a mistake — and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a doozy by cutting funds for scholarships and for programs to help children with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s. It's cruel, and it's wrong.