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 | Prioritize Michigan forest sustainability through NEPA reform

Opinion | Prioritize Michigan forest sustainability through NEPA reform

March 9, 2020 | Scott Robbins

Michigan’s foresters need the reforms currently up for public consideration by the Council on Environmental Quality to continue to achieve responsible forest practices, wood procurement and harvesting throughout Michigan, this guest author writes.  

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to get serious about tobacco control

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to get serious about tobacco control

March 9, 2020 | Jodi Radke, Jared Burkhart, Andrew Schepers

"We seek to ensure Michigan adopts legislation to change the state age of sale to 21 for all tobacco products, permanently end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and define and regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products." 

Opinion | Outlaw restrictive racist language still found in property deeds

Opinion | Outlaw restrictive racist language still found in property deeds

March 6, 2020 | Sarah Anthony, Charles Hobbs

"We need to take ownership of the role our state has played in the history of housing discrimination and make the changes needed to ensure every person can experience the pride of homeownership."

Opinion | Banning fracking in Michigan might make the 2020 ballot

Opinion | Banning fracking in Michigan might make the 2020 ballot

February 29, 2020 | LuAnne Kozma

After a face-to-face campaign, the ballot intiative is held up in courts over the 180-day window signature-gathering requirement, writes the director of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

Opinion | Michigan: Driving alone is killing the environment, and your wallet

Opinion | Michigan: Driving alone is killing the environment, and your wallet

February 28, 2020 | Joshua Gould

"I hope my act of carpooling with my friends can spread throughout Michigan, to help Americans and their coworkers save money while reducing emissions," a teenage motorist writes.  

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

February 26, 2020 | Upper Peninsula school superintendents

"Flunking a student is immediately traumatic and is more likely to be experienced by those students who are categorized as poor, male and/or minority," the group of Upper Peninsula school superintendents writes.

Kurt Metzger | The Census is coming. Racial controversy is never far behind

Kurt Metzger | The Census is coming. Racial controversy is never far behind

February 20, 2020 | Kurt Metzger

The U.S. Census Bureau’s decision not to allow a category for Middle Eastern North African in this year’s count is the latest in a long history of controversies involving race.

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

February 19, 2020 | Ron French

Robert McMahan says universities must change, or companies are going to stop buying what they’re selling. Kettering graduates produce the highest return on financial investment of any Michigan university.  

Opinion | Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s rebellion hurts our kids

Opinion | Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s rebellion hurts our kids

February 12, 2020 | Mike Shirkey

"We should be focused on how we ensure our education system does not fail our children, rather than throwing in the towel and inciting rebellion," writes Michigan's Senate majority leader.

Opinion | Michigan, let’s make a road finance movie

Opinion | Michigan, let’s make a road finance movie

February 12, 2020 | Eric Lupher

There is a legitimate role for bond financing in road construction and maintenance, but that is to accelerate construction, not as a source of funding. Without a new revenue stream to finance the debt, the state would only be borrowing against future revenue, the guest author writes.

Opinion | How Michigan can tackle influx in absentee ballots

Opinion | How Michigan can tackle influx in absentee ballots

February 10, 2020 | Vanessa Guerra

This official's solution to pressures at the ballot box: Allow local clerks to count absentee ballots earlier, without tabulating the results.

Bridge is drawing a clearer line between news and opinion

Bridge is drawing a clearer line between news and opinion

February 3, 2020 | Monica Williams

We’ve further separated Guest Commentary from our news coverage — to reduce reader confusion.

Opinion | Michigan needs fair approach to taxes on electric vehicles

Opinion | Michigan needs fair approach to taxes on electric vehicles

February 3, 2020 | Charles Griffith

The disproportionately high fees accomplish very little to improve our state’s roads and bridges. However, the fees do make cleaner cars less appealing and accessible for cost-conscious consumers, says this writer.

Opinion | We need to end the culture of condoning sexual harassment

Opinion | We need to end the culture of condoning sexual harassment

January 31, 2020 | Barbara Niess-May

Workplace training and education on sexual harassment,  developing safe and reasonable avenues for those victimized to report the harassment, along with holding perpetrators responsible are the best first steps, this guest author writes.

Opinion | Michigan’s school finance system limits vulnerable students' prospects

Opinion | Michigan’s school finance system limits vulnerable students' prospects

January 23, 2020 | Amber Arellano

Michigan can learn much from other states, where student achievement is better overall and a Zip code doesn’t limit opportunity – thanks in part to education funding focused on opportunity for all.

Opinion | How Michigan’s early middle colleges transform students’ lives

Opinion | How Michigan’s early middle colleges transform students’ lives

January 19, 2020 | Beverley Geltner

More than 13,000 Michigan students attend early middle colleges, which allow students to earn college credit as early as ninth grade.  

Opinion | After green ooze, it’s time to get serious about 'polluter pay'

Opinion | After green ooze, it’s time to get serious about 'polluter pay'

January 15, 2020 | Jeff Irwin

'We can’t keep putting our heads in the sand and leaving these problems to bubble up later,' writes Irwin, co-author of a bill that would require polluters to clean up their contamination to a higher standard.

Opinion | Local news in Detroit: race, distrust and disconnection

Opinion | Local news in Detroit: race, distrust and disconnection

January 14, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

The lack of rigorous local reporting has consequences for accountability – without that knowledge, holding developers, officeholders, and corporations to account becomes virtually impossible, the author writes in this Guest Commentary.

Opinion | Michigan earned an 'F' in government integrity. Help us do better

Opinion | Michigan earned an 'F' in government integrity. Help us do better

January 11, 2020 | Nancy Wang

“Like our fight to end gerrymandering, a successful accountability campaign will require a robust, citizen-led effort,” writes the executive director of Voters Not Politicians.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to join Maine with ranked-choice voting

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to join Maine with ranked-choice voting

January 10, 2020 | Jon Hoadley

State Rep. Jon Hoadley has introduced a bill that will allow local communities to use ranked-choice voting, which he says ensures that every voice is heard and every vote counts.

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