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.


Inadequate adequacy study? Yes, but solid points within

September 16, 2016 | Ron Koehler

The long-awaited Michigan Education Finance Study emphasizes that money matters in education, but firehose funding isn't the answer to improving Michigan schools. Aid targeted to student populations most at risk of underachieving would be a good start

Putting Michigan’s energy future in safer hands

September 15, 2016 | Gerry Anderson

As the energy industry transforms, the state’s energy marketers are not being held to the same standards of reliability as utility companies. Reform legislation must ensure Michigan has enough power in the future

The promise of higher education and charter schools

September 15, 2016 | Rob Kimball

Higher-education authorizers of charter schools provide an unequaled opportunity to tackle the complex task of improving public education.

Trump attacks the wrong bogeyman

September 13, 2016 | Roger Rapoport

The GOP presidential candidate is blaming Democrats when state politics and policy are dominated by Republican

A new illicit drug menace requires a new strategy

September 9, 2016 | William Morrone

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that is taking a serious toll in fatal overdoses. An antidote drug can reverse its effects and save lives, but it has to be administered quickly. Which means it has to be made available to more than just ER doctors

As school starts, a lesson for drivers: Beware of buses

September 9, 2016 | Mac Dashney

School buses carry precious cargo, so drivers need to be aware of how and why they operate the way they do. When in doubt, slow down or stop

Michigan must stay the course on M-STEP education test

September 1, 2016 | Brian Cloyd

Small student gains on the most recent statewide test are no reason to abandon the exam. M-STEP offers an honest assessment of education in Michigan compared with high-achieving states. Let’s stick with it

Former Gov. Milliken urges Lansing to ban juvenile lifer laws

August 25, 2016 | William Milliken

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken has actively worked behind the scenes to galvanize opposition to laws that put juvenile offenders behind bars for life.

A call to women of color in west Michigan aspiring to leadership roles

August 11, 2016 | Patricia Sosa VerDuin

Taking this survey will help develop opportunities and remove barriers for women of color in West Michigan.

No sale, or how the RTA is struggling to make its case to taxpayers

August 5, 2016 | Kevin Grand

The 24th time maybe won't be the charm for Metro Detroit mass transit. Why? Tax fatigue, representation and unheard concerns

How to nurture the creative minds of adults on the autism spectrum

August 4, 2016 | Paul Horton

Harnessing the unique, often brilliant minds of adults on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum can help improve society, while providing fulfilling work that brings purpose and joy to their lives.

More than pipes and penny-pinching: Flint crisis reflects racism

July 29, 2016 | Peter J. Hammer

Don’t believe the disaster in Flint came from bad decisions made by career bureaucrats. The blame is deeply rooted, and goes to the heart of state and local governments

Dental therapists are the wrong answer to improving oral health in Michigan

July 21, 2016 | Karen Burgess

With an oversupply of already-trained dental professionals, there’s no need to add another specialist to the ranks of those caring for teeth.

There’s a better place for that building than in the dump

July 15, 2016 | Lauren Ross

Recycling abandoned buildings targeted for demolition costs more in the short term, but pays benefits down the road, besides reducing solid-waste output

Allowing ‘dental therapists’ in Michigan will expand access to oral care

June 30, 2016 | Amy Zaagman

A Senate bill would authorize a midlevel dental professional trained to deliver routine but critical care such as filling cavities in poor areas of Michigan where dentists are few or overwhelmed

Should Waukesha be able to stick a straw into Lake Michigan? Yes.

June 24, 2016 | Bill Rustem

Approving a diversion -- with many strings attached -- of Great Lakes water is a textbook example of the exception that proves the rule. The lakes will be healthier as a result

Training teachers to nurture gifted students

June 21, 2016 | Nan Janecke

Too many academically advanced children, particularly minority children, are likely going unidentified because Michigan, unlike other states, does not require that they be grouped by ability and taught in ways that allow them to achieve their potential.

Governor’s office makes case for Snyder’s fiscal legacy

June 16, 2016 | Dick Posthumus

Reacting to former Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema’s comment that Snyder has had trouble advancing his agenda since 2012, Snyder advisor Dick Posthumus cites Snyder’s fiscal, jobs stewardship.

Tearing down walls between Michigan’s 15 public universities

June 9, 2016 | Patrick Shannon

With costs rising for both the state and its students in higher education, Michigan’s university system must find ways to consolidate operations, including such innovations as offering online courses to students at other schools.

Lansing can help communities improve access to Obamacare

June 7, 2016 | Vikram Reddy

An innovative community based coverage plan developed in Muskegon can be a model to help residents who can’t otherwise pay large deductibles found in the health exchanges.