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

DTE’s costly strategy on Fermi 3

DTE’s costly strategy on Fermi 3

March 17, 2015 | Jeff Alson

Michigan residents are being given little information about the true cost, possible dangers and limited benefit of the Fermi 3 nuclear power plant, this writer contends.

After two years, hard to call ACA anything but a success

After two years, hard to call ACA anything but a success

March 13, 2015 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

More people are insured. Access is broader. New programs are being tested. And if a Supreme Court challenge is successful, hundreds of thousands could lose their health insurance.

Bridge’s Academic State Champs emphasizes all the wrong measurements

Bridge’s Academic State Champs emphasizes all the wrong measurements

March 13, 2015 | Chuck Fellows

If there are lies, damn lies and statistics, those attached to education may fall into a special category. Rankings like this simply don’t mean anything, a guest columnist says.

Enbridge oil pipes and the Straits of Mackinac: Too risky to ignore

Enbridge oil pipes and the Straits of Mackinac: Too risky to ignore

March 12, 2015 | Ken Winter

Extreme winters and hollow promises set the stage for a potential environmental calamity unless something changes.

Not bigger government, but better services when Community Health and Human Services merge

Not bigger government, but better services when Community Health and Human Services merge

March 6, 2015 | Nick Lyon

Combining two state departments will mean greater efficiency in services, but more important, a seamless approach to serving residents in need.

Discriminate against a newborn? It’s legal in Michigan

Discriminate against a newborn? It’s legal in Michigan

February 27, 2015 | Sommer Foster

Baby, there’s something wrong when a pediatrician can refuse to treat an infant because her parents are lesbians. The legislature should make sure it never happens again.

Michigan must abolish cruel gas chamber deaths for shelter pets

Michigan must abolish cruel gas chamber deaths for shelter pets

February 26, 2015 | Jenifer Martin

When abandoned animals must be euthanized, injection is not only more humane, but less expensive to carry out. There is no reason to allow shelters to inflict needless suffering on animals

Higher education is critical to improving Michigan’s economy

Higher education is critical to improving Michigan’s economy

February 24, 2015 | Doug Rothwell

Colleges and universities are well-positioned to help Michigan become a top 10 state.

State needs to encourage 529 college savings plans

State needs to encourage 529 college savings plans

February 5, 2015 | Russell Olwell

The Obama Administration’s plan (since cancelled) to end tax breaks for the popular college savings option is short-sighted. Without a dedicated account for college savings, many families would not put away the money needed for children’s higher education.

After 40 years, effect of Michigan’s PBB crisis still not fully known

After 40 years, effect of Michigan’s PBB crisis still not fully known

January 30, 2015 | Ken Winter

In 1973, a mistake exposed millions of residents to food contaminated with a dangerous chemical. Are those who consumed it still at risk? Studies are unclear.

MSU Dean: Obama’s free college plan is not best path to a degree

MSU Dean: Obama’s free college plan is not best path to a degree

January 29, 2015 | Donald Heller

Where will the money come from? Why would Republicans embrace it? Wouldn’t aid be better spent on only those students who truly need help? Too many questions for now.

Michigan criminal code encroaching on civil liberties

Michigan criminal code encroaching on civil liberties

January 29, 2015 | Neil Rockind

New, get-tough laws requiring DNA swabs or field sobriety tests from people who have not yet been convicted stretch the limits of government power.

Conflict is inevitable in policy debates. An outside facilitator can help forge agreement.

Conflict is inevitable in policy debates. An outside facilitator can help forge agreement.

January 27, 2015 | Daniel Cherrin

A neutral, third-party can help public officials get beyond ideology, ensure all sides are heard and help opposing parties focus on the policy implications of critical issues.

Obama’s right, higher education should be available to all

Obama’s right, higher education should be available to all

January 20, 2015 | Chuck Wilbur

President Obama’s proposal for free community college tuition builds on the reality behind the Kalamazoo Promise: that a high school degree is no longer enough to earn a decent, family-supporting income.

Give Michigan townships a say in oil and gas drilling

Give Michigan townships a say in oil and gas drilling

January 15, 2015 | Christine Green

When an oil-drilling rig showed up one day in suburban Scio, the township realized its powers were limited. A township trustee offers a modest solution.

With recession over, time to reinvest in people and services

With recession over, time to reinvest in people and services

January 9, 2015 | Gilda Jacobs

It’s a new year, and Michigan policymakers have made some promising moves. But more needs to be done, especially for children, to bring the state back.

Unique collaboration promotes regional economic development

Unique collaboration promotes regional economic development

January 8, 2015 | Arnold Weinfeld

The I-69 International Trade Corridor shows how Michigan can benefit when dozens of municipalities and county governments work together.

Most college-bound students don’t apply to enough schools

Most college-bound students don’t apply to enough schools

January 6, 2015 | Brandy Johnson

In response to a Bridge article on some students who apply to many colleges, Brandy Johnson of MCAN notes that studies show most college-bound students apply to fewer than two schools. For too many students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the application process can be daunting.

Forget hibernation, Michigan: Snow-day tourism is worth bundling up for

Forget hibernation, Michigan: Snow-day tourism is worth bundling up for

January 4, 2015 | David West

Fat-tire snow biking and dog-sled mushers join the crowds heading for snowy landscapes. Their wallets are an important factor in fueling local economies, too.

Michigan manufacturing needs women -- all the way up the corner office

Michigan manufacturing needs women -- all the way up the corner office

January 2, 2015 | David E. Cole

It’s not just a matter of diversifying a male-dominated field. Changing the way the industry works will require women leaders, and the unique way they work with others.

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