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 | Reversing tariffs would be a winning formula for Michigan economy

November 28, 2018 | Michael Clark

Tariffs are a national policy with huge local ramifications here in Michigan. There are better ways to help workers, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Opinion | Fix the damn roads? Sure. But Whitmer can’t control the damn economy.

November 27, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Ronald Fisher

Governors can do a lot to improve Michigan. But their administrations often are defined by economies that are influenced by trends beyond state borders.

Opinion | With Michigan at a crossroads, here’s a roadmap for Lansing

November 16, 2018 | Eric Scorsone

A series of expert reports on Michigan’s economy and budget, Great Lakes and water management and other issues will help our new governor and legislature address the state’s most critical challenges

Opinion | Healthy food access is still a need for Michigan families

November 15, 2018 | Mariam Noland

One-in-six Michigan residents struggle with hunger each year. Some programs have helped, but there’s a need for more.

Opinion | Addressing adverse childhood experiences vital to Michigan’s future

November 13, 2018 | Rick Murdock

The issues faced by kids affect them the rest of their lives. The best way to move Michigan forward in the long run is to address those childhood issues.

Opinion | Am I a burden on America, asks immigrant son now a Harvard doctor

November 13, 2018 | David Duong

David Duong argues that his family is exactly the kind of family that wouldn’t be admitted to America under new proposed rules.

Opinion | My family helped build Mackinac Bridge. It shouldn’t own Line 5 tunnel.

November 8, 2018 | Barbara J. Brown

Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan for Mackinac Bridge Authority to assume ownership of tunnel is a big mistake, says a woman whose family has been involved with the operation of the Mighty Mac since 1950.

Opinion | I’m on the Mackinac Bridge Authority. We should oversee Line 5 tunnel.

November 8, 2018 | Kirk Steudle

If the Mackinac Bridge Authority doesn’t oversee a tunnel around Line 5, who should, argues the recently retired director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Gretchen Whitmer: Michigan needs a get-it-done governor

November 3, 2018 | Gretchen Whitmer

Democratic candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer makes her final pitch to voters in an exclusive guest column in Bridge

Bill Schuette: I will move Michigan forward with jobs and bigger paychecks

November 3, 2018 | Bill Schuette

In his final pitch to voters, Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette recaps his campaign promises and takes a few last swipes at Gretchen Whitmer.

Bill Gelineau: Michigan has a choice. Why not a Libertarian?

November 3, 2018 | Bill Gelineau

Cutting spending on prisons and Pure Michigan advertising are two of the ideas of Michigan’s third major-party candidate for governor.

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel is good for Michigan workers

November 2, 2018 | Steve Claywell

Something that often gets lost in the fight over the Line 5 tunnel is how many good construction jobs for Michigan workers will be created, says the president of the Michigan Building Trades and Construction Council.

Opinion | Healthy workers will keep the Michigan economy growing

October 31, 2018 | Ali Ramlawi

Paid sick leave helps workers AND the economy. Don’t let the Legislature gut the new paid leave law, begs a restaurant owner.

Opinion | Yes, Michigan’s roads are bad. But help is on the way

October 31, 2018 | Matthew Haworth

The extra money we’re spending now on roads will make a noticeable difference in a few years, says a Michigan business executive.

Opinion | Polls are sometimes wrong. We know. We study polls

October 30, 2018 | Simon Schuster

Polls are getting less accurate, say MSU researchers. They advise a careful reading of polls to understand the range of results they represent.

Opinion | College students have the power to change elections. Will they?

October 29, 2018 | Ben Ratner

At the University of Michigan alone, more than 30,000 students didn’t vote in 2014, the last election year for Michigan governor. If students start voting, candidates will pay attention.

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel is a huge improvement. Construction needs to start yesterday

October 25, 2018 | Anthony England

Anthony England has worked on thorny problems before at NASA, and he’s convinced that the tunnel under the straits is a solution that is overdue.

Opinion | Michigan schools, businesses and unions must align in talent race

October 24, 2018 | Doug Smith

Parents and students must demand relevant experiential learning environments that lead to in-demand jobs.

Opinion | John Engler asks governor hopefuls if they support colleges

October 22, 2018 | John Engler

State financial support to higher education in Michigan has dropped precipitously since John Engler was governor. Now, MSU’s interim president challenges candidates on their plans.

Opinion | Lansing, please don’t hurt Michigan drivers with bad traffic laws

October 18, 2018 | Jim Walker

A basketful of bad bills threaten to drive Michigan drivers crazy.