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 | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

Opinion | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

December 14, 2018 | Mike Shriberg

A flurry of anti-environmental bills may make it to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk before he leaves office. It’s Pure Michigan vs. Pure Politics.

Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

December 14, 2018 | Mike Staebler

A state commission to be judge and jury over campaign finance violations would be a disaster just like the Federal Elections Commission. Mike Staebler says he knows: his father was on the original FEC.

Opinion | Here’s how to keep Michigan water clean and affordable

Opinion | Here’s how to keep Michigan water clean and affordable

December 13, 2018 | Jaimien Delp

In a Pure Michigan treatise, an advocacy group lays out a plan to protect our water. If only our leaders would pay attention.

Opinion | C’mon, Michigan. Don’t get hysterical about ‘tree police’ bill

Opinion | C’mon, Michigan. Don’t get hysterical about ‘tree police’ bill

December 12, 2018 | Tom Casperson

In a guest column, State Sen. Tom Casperson makes his case for barring communities from regulating the removal of trees.

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

December 11, 2018 | John Austin

Michigan voters elected Gretchen Whitmer, and she shouldn’t have her hands tied by outgoing Republicans, says the former president of the State Board of Education.

Opinion | Protect Michigan’s environment by passing these two bills

Opinion | Protect Michigan’s environment by passing these two bills

December 6, 2018 | Helen Taylor

Two bills that have support from the Michigan Chamber to The Nature Conservatory deserve the legislature’s support

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

December 4, 2018 | Casandra Ulbrich

The co-president of the State Board of Education takes a meat cleaver to a bill that would grade schools like they were fifth-graders.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

December 4, 2018 | Yousef Rabhi

The Republican majority in the Michigan Legislature approved paid sick leave in September to keep it off the ballot. Three months later, they’re hollowing it out.

Opinion | If our kids get graded A-to-F, then our Michigan schools should, too

Opinion | If our kids get graded A-to-F, then our Michigan schools should, too

November 29, 2018 | John Kennedy

For what we spend on K-12 education in Michigan, we should get better results. An A-F ranking system for schools is one step toward accountability.

Opinion | Reversing tariffs would be a winning formula for Michigan economy

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

Pages