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 | Take it from a Michigan doctor: Don't cancel Halloween. Change it.

Opinion | Take it from a Michigan doctor: Don't cancel Halloween. Change it.

October 30, 2020 | Asha Shajahan

Guest Commentary: Although this year has been full of challenges, Halloween shouldn’t be one of them. 

Opinion | It's time for Eastern Michigan to drop racist's name from building

Opinion | It's time for Eastern Michigan to drop racist's name from building

October 30, 2020 | Mark Higbee

Guest Commentary: Due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the state of Michigan no longer has a building named for a white supremacist. Eastern Michigan University, never known for quick action, still does. 

Opinion | People are dying. Fix the damn road safety laws in Michigan.

Opinion | People are dying. Fix the damn road safety laws in Michigan.

October 29, 2020 | Douglas W. Stockwell

Guest Commentary: Fixing the roads is important to Michigan residents.  But enacting safety laws for road workers is even more vital.

Opinion | The KKK shot at my house to suppress voting. I'm fighting back on Nov. 3.

Opinion | The KKK shot at my house to suppress voting. I'm fighting back on Nov. 3.

October 26, 2020 | Keith Whitney

In Michigan, there are people threatening to strip us of our rights and frighten us at the polls with weapons in hand. We can't afford to bend to intimidation and suppression.

Opinion | Free Michigan’s young people from unjust debt

Opinion | Free Michigan’s young people from unjust debt

October 26, 2020 | Jason Smith, Atasi Uppal

We have called on the governor and state Supreme Court to stop the assessment and collection of juvenile court debt. Here’s why you should join our urgent call to action.

Opinion | What Lansing got right: working together to educate more in Michigan

Opinion | What Lansing got right: working together to educate more in Michigan

October 25, 2020 | Russ Kavalhuna

Honoring essential workers with free tuition is good public policy.

Opinion | Dear Betsy DeVos and Michigan lawmakers: Here's what educators need

Opinion | Dear Betsy DeVos and Michigan lawmakers: Here's what educators need

October 24, 2020 | Chris Thomas

Remote learning is not the 'tragedy' that is playing out. The real tragedy is the lack of national commitment to supporting public education and educators.

Opinion | Michigan can bring privacy into the 21st century via Proposal 2

Opinion | Michigan can bring privacy into the 21st century via Proposal 2

October 23, 2020 | Jarrett Skorup, Connor Boyack

Michigan has a chance to set the standard on digital privacy.

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

October 21, 2020 | Nicole McKinney

COVID cases are on the rise again, and despite our best efforts, the current in-person models of opening and closing schools don’t seem sustainable long-term.

Opinion | New partnerships are needed to solve Michigan’s water-related issues

Opinion | New partnerships are needed to solve Michigan’s water-related issues

October 20, 2020 | Ridgway White

Gov. Whitmer has proposed a $500 million fund to modernize Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure and sewer systems, but that won’t cover all the necessary work. We need to restore the partnership among local, state and federal agencies that work on water infrastructure issues.

Opinion | Line 5: an unnecessary and imprudent investment

Opinion | Line 5: an unnecessary and imprudent investment

October 19, 2020 | Stanley 'Skip' Pruss

Long-term market trends and recent events strongly suggest the need for fossil fuel-related infrastructure is decreasing significantly.  

Opinion | Why Michigan land conservation leaders support Proposal 1

Opinion | Why Michigan land conservation leaders support Proposal 1

October 16, 2020 | Michigan land conservancies

There are many whose access to trails, parks and natural areas is limited. We can change that in November with Proposal 1.

Opinion | Whitmer's Healthy Climate Plan: a win for our air, water, health

Opinion | Whitmer's Healthy Climate Plan: a win for our air, water, health

October 16, 2020 | Elizabeth DelBuono

Michigan joins nine other states with carbon-neutrality initiatives that will create new jobs, stimulate the economy and protect the health of our state.

Opinion | Here’s one way to clean up the air in Michigan

Opinion | Here’s one way to clean up the air in Michigan

October 15, 2020 | Doug Durante, Reg Modlin

While residents of Michigan may think  their air is still “safe," they should really think again. A bigger problem has existed for decades in the air we don’t see—air polluted with toxic ultra-fine particles, or UFPs. 

Opinion | Police reform and accountability are long overdue

Opinion | Police reform and accountability are long overdue

October 14, 2020 | Paul Elam

Politicians in Michigan and across the country promise action. But as another election approaches, action is illusory.

Opinion | How to guarantee your Michigan absentee ballot arrives on time

Opinion | How to guarantee your Michigan absentee ballot arrives on time

October 13, 2020 | Roger Rapoport

More than a half-million ballots were rejected in the U.S. primary elections this year. Don’t let this happen to you on Nov. 4.

Opinion | 'Militia' or 'terrorists'? The terms aren't mutually exclusive

Opinion | 'Militia' or 'terrorists'? The terms aren't mutually exclusive

October 13, 2020 | Peter F. Trumbore

The 13 men arrested on federal and state charges to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are members of, or affiliated with, armed militias. They allegedly were planning acts of terrorism. So what do we call them?

Opinion | Legislature should pass bills to expand recycling in Michigan

Opinion | Legislature should pass bills to expand recycling in Michigan

October 10, 2020 | Todd Wilson

Waste shouldn’t be something that we just bury and forget about, it’s a resource we can recover and use in growing our economy. 

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

October 7, 2020 | Jim Stapleton

The new school year began under an obsolete school funding approach that disregards the unique needs of students and threatens our state’s economic resurgence.

Opinion | Amid mandates, collaboration is the key for managing COVID-19

Opinion | Amid mandates, collaboration is the key for managing COVID-19

October 6, 2020 | Erik Nordman

Local governments and businesses may experiment and find new approaches that work even better than government intervention.

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