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 | Will our Constitution’s system of checks and balances hold?

Opinion | Will our Constitution’s system of checks and balances hold?

April 8, 2020 | Carl Levin

The separation of powers. Our system of checks and balances. Adherence to the principle of co-equal branches of government. All are currently under attack by the current administration, a former Michigan senator writes.  

Opinion | Flattening the curve is not a winning strategy. Michigan must attack.

Opinion | Flattening the curve is not a winning strategy. Michigan must attack.

April 7, 2020 | Larry Buege

A retired physician assistant and Yooper has several suggestions on how to help both peninsulas protect and heal from COVID-19.

Opinion | Keeping Michigan schools closed is a devastating, necessary move

Opinion | Keeping Michigan schools closed is a devastating, necessary move

April 7, 2020 | Eve Kaltz, Russ Pickell

Medical experts have made it clear that putting children back into crowded classrooms and hallways puts them at risk, two Michigan superintendents write.

Opinion | Hate has no home in Michigan, especially in coronavirus crisis

Opinion | Hate has no home in Michigan, especially in coronavirus crisis

April 5, 2020 | Padma Kuppa, Stephanie Chang

The virus does not have a race or ethnicity. We cannot let fear during this uncertain time turn people toward prejudice and hate.

Opinion | Reducing youth incarceration can help curtail spread of coronavirus

Opinion | Reducing youth incarceration can help curtail spread of coronavirus

April 5, 2020 | Mary King

As a society, we have a shared responsibility to take care of our young people, especially during such a dangerous and unprecedented global pandemic. Because kids who get in trouble are still kids. 

Opinion | Michigan should shut abortion clinics and use supplies for coronavirus

Opinion | Michigan should shut abortion clinics and use supplies for coronavirus

April 3, 2020 | Genevieve Marnon

Elective abortions are taking place across the state, using up desperately needed gloves, gowns and masks.

Opinion | Coronavirus chronicles: a letter from Italy to Michigan

Opinion | Coronavirus chronicles: a letter from Italy to Michigan

April 2, 2020 | Alessia Carcaterra

Whether it’s “stay at home” or “Restate a casa”, the goal is the same: Stop the virus.

Opinion | How to ensure water security and beat coronavirus in Michigan

Opinion | How to ensure water security and beat coronavirus in Michigan

April 1, 2020 | Rahul Mitra

As welcome are the orders to restore water, they will not end the coronavirus crisis nor protect us from future ones, without three additional actions in the short, medium and long term.

Opinion | As a mom working in a prison, I worry about bringing coronavirus home

Opinion | As a mom working in a prison, I worry about bringing coronavirus home

April 1, 2020 | Cary Johnson as told to Maurice Chammah

“​I tell my husband to keep my son in another room, while I put my uniform in a trash bag and take a long shower.”

Opinion | Schools' responsibility to students doesn't change during pandemic

Opinion | Schools' responsibility to students doesn't change during pandemic

March 31, 2020 | Greg Talberg

Equity matters, even during COVID-19. "We should not allow this health crisis to further exacerbate the achievement gap between various student groups."

Opinion | Coronavirus exposes Midwest's economic perch; well-paying jobs are cure

Opinion | Coronavirus exposes Midwest's economic perch; well-paying jobs are cure

March 30, 2020 | John Austin

"Should our life and politics ever return to 'normal', it must be a newly urgent undertaking for our leaders to focus squarely on tangible plans to create more better- paying, new jobs" in our communities. 

Opinion | How to take care of your mental health during a medical crisis

Opinion | How to take care of your mental health during a medical crisis

March 29, 2020 | Allante’ Burnell

During this coronavirus pandemic, it's just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your medical health. 

Opinion | I’m a family doctor fighting against fear and struggling with distancing

Opinion | I’m a family doctor fighting against fear and struggling with distancing

March 26, 2020 | Tammy Chang

The impact and gravity of the coronavirus has reshaped my work life, which is now a cascade of new and changing information and more patient care.

Opinion | Coronavirus will deal long, hard hits to MIchigan's most vulnerable

Opinion | Coronavirus will deal long, hard hits to MIchigan's most vulnerable

March 25, 2020 | Mike Larson

"Caring for our state’s [vulnerable] population for the long term will require collective action. We must work together and support our neighbors now more than ever."

Opinion | I’m a Michigan educator. Here's why online learning should 'count'

Opinion | I’m a Michigan educator. Here's why online learning should 'count'

March 23, 2020 | Carrie Roth

Online and offline, teachers are solving crises and delivering quality education amid the new coronavirus outbreak. That should count for something, this guest author writes.

Opinion | Open access to government creates a stronger democracy

Opinion | Open access to government creates a stronger democracy

March 21, 2020 | Wesley H. Maurer Jr.

Michigan continues to be the only state with a Freedom of Information statute that excludes the governor and executive office.

Opinion | Michigan must embrace digital age now or watch its students suffer

Opinion | Michigan must embrace digital age now or watch its students suffer

March 21, 2020 | Michael Warren

Our guest author, a former member of the State Board of Education,says his recommendations from 18 years ago should be implemented to address the current educational crisis amid the coronavirus.

Opinion | How colleges can help high school seniors during coronavirus crisis

Opinion | How colleges can help high school seniors during coronavirus crisis

March 17, 2020 | Patrick O'Connor

Now that the colleges have shut, it’s time for them "to do the right thing for future students—the high school seniors who will soon be choosing which college to attend," this guest author writes.

Opinion | Letter from a Michigan native on lockdown in Italy

Opinion | Letter from a Michigan native on lockdown in Italy

March 16, 2020 | Jason Arkles

Michigan is estimated to be two weeks behind Italy in the pandemic. A Jackson, Michigan, native living in Florence, Italy, sends an update on daily life, and what we might expect to come in this COVID-19 pandemic.

Opinion | This is our ‘greatest generation’ moment to sacrifice for others

Opinion | This is our ‘greatest generation’ moment to sacrifice for others

March 16, 2020 | Scott A. Menzel

"Will we take the necessary measures to ensure lives are saved, or will we be mourning the loss of loved ones because of willful disregard of all the warning signs?" this Michigan school superintendent asks in this Guest Commentary.

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