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 mwilliams@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Opinion | A tunnel for Line 5 is good news – for Canadians

October 17, 2018 | Jim Lively

Gov. Rick Snyder got suckered by Enbridge into a deal that doesn’t protect the Great Lakes for years, and financially benefits only the Canadian oil industry, not Michigan residents.

Opinion | Fed tax cut will benefit Michigan utility customers

October 16, 2018 | Rachael Eubanks

About $380 million in rate relief has already been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, with more cuts on the way

Opinion | Would my grandfather be allowed into the U.S. today? Would yours?

October 16, 2018 | Steve Tobocman

Look at the data, and you’ll see how much immigrants contribute to Michigan’s economy, and the state’s future.

Opinion | Michigan no-fault insurance helps doctors, lawyers, not drivers

October 11, 2018 | Dyck Van Koevering

Michigan drivers pay the highest insurance rates in the nation. That’s not going to change without reforms to the no-fault insurance system.

Opinion | Redistricting proposal is confusing and bad for Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Tony Daunt

Prop 2 would be a disaster for Michigan, says Tony Daunt of the Michigan Freedom Fund.

Opinion | I’m a doctor, and recreational pot is bad for Michigan

October 9, 2018 | Donald Condit

Marijuana legalization in other states has been a disaster, claims a Michigan surgeon.

Opinion | Michigan’s next governor must lead, not follow special interests

October 8, 2018 | Tom Watkins

The next governor has an opportunity – and a responsibility – to address problems that have festered for decades in our polarized politics

Opinion | Dental therapists won’t improve health care for Michigan’s most vulnerable

October 3, 2018 | Debra Peters

A bill before the Michigan Legislature would expand dental care providers to include therapists to improve access to the poor and disabled. But those populations are exactly the people who need real dentists.

Opinion | Michigan social studies standards shouldn’t sugarcoat history

October 1, 2018 | Brian Gutman, Lauren Hubbard

The controversial changes proposed for Michigan’s history books hurt the education of our children.

Opinion | Michigan needs more post-high school education, says state superintendent

September 27, 2018 | Sheila Alles

More high school grads are earning degrees and certificates, but we’re still below the national average.

Opinion | The truth about no-fault and Mayor Duggan’s misguided lawsuit

September 27, 2018 | Tammy Hannah

Michigan has a special way of protecting families when someone suffers a traumatic injuries in auto accidents. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit could undermine our unique safety net.

Opinion | November election critical for future of public education in Michigan

September 27, 2018 | John Austin

Candidates for governor have laid out plans for turning around Michigan’s failing schools. But only one has a plan that could succeed, argues the former Democratic president of the Michigan State Board of Education.

Opinion | You’re paying less taxes than you think. And that’s a problem.

September 21, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Sanjay Gupta

We can’t make good policy decisions if the ‘facts’ in our heads are wrong, say two Michigan State University economists.

Opinion | I’m disabled, and it took me 15 years to find a dentist in Michigan

September 20, 2018 | Paul Palmer

Michigan’s dentist shortage is even more severe for vulnerable populations like the disable and the poor.

Opinion | Michigan has abandoned cities. Let’s reverse course with online sales taxes

September 20, 2018 | Dan Gilmartin

Michigan ranks dead last in supporting its communities. But the state will reap a $200 million windfall from collecting taxes on Internet sales that should help parks, police and firefighters in cities statewide.

Opinion | Fixing Michigan infrastructure crisis takes new thinking about funding.

September 17, 2018 | Peter Adriaens

It’s no secret that infrastructure is crumbling in Michigan. Governments need to think beyond traditional borrowing to fix the problem.

Opinion | Why computers alone can’t fix Michigan gerrymandering

September 12, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Why do we need a redistricting commission made up of fallible, possibly biased people to redraw Michigan’s political boundaries? Can’t a computer do that? Eric Lupher explains why you need both

Opinion | Aretha Franklin eulogy was true. Single-parent homes created chaos for blacks.

September 11, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Funeral was the wrong venue for Jasper Williams’ message, but black America needs to have a dialogue about the link between poverty, crime and drugs and out-of-wedlock births.

Opinion | Reports of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated, especially in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Megan Foster Friedman, Maggi Randolph

The health insurance market in Michigan is surprisingly robust, say experts from the Center for Health Research and Transformation.

Opinion | Michigan’s solar energy policy is fair. I know because I helped write it

September 7, 2018 | Aric Nesbitt

Aric Nesbitt was chair of a House committee that worked on a comprehensive state energy policy for two years, and he disagrees with those who say the law cripples solar energy in Michigan.

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