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 | 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.

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.

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