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

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.

An appalling Court of Appeals decision cries out for reversal

An appalling Court of Appeals decision cries out for reversal

December 30, 2014 | Kary Moss

Michigan, the court says, has an obligation only to provide a school for students to attend. Whether they actually learn anything? Not the state’s concern.

Rule change for vaccine exemptions unlikely to help compliance rates

Rule change for vaccine exemptions unlikely to help compliance rates

December 29, 2014 | Mark Largent

Paradoxically, the more we bombard vaccine-wary parents with information, the harder they resist immunizing their children. What works? Good relations with doctors, something out of the state’s control.

The political class doesn’t like term limits, but the public does

The political class doesn’t like term limits, but the public does

December 24, 2014 | Bonnie Burke, Rina Baker

If term limits are as bad as those seeking reform would have us believe, why did a measure to extend them to local officials pass in Grand Rapids?

PRO ‘Dark money’ is a euphemism for free speech, like it or not

PRO ‘Dark money’ is a euphemism for free speech, like it or not

December 22, 2014 | Richard D. McLellan

Even those who exercise their influence with money deserve anonymity if they so desire; it's a way to protect free expression, even in politics.

CON We live in the Ground Zero of dark money. Does that bother anyone?

CON We live in the Ground Zero of dark money. Does that bother anyone?

December 22, 2014 | Rich Robinson

Transparency was supposed to keep unlimited campaign spending honest. But transparency hasn’t happened.

CON Some communities see religious-freedom bill as setback for progress

CON Some communities see religious-freedom bill as setback for progress

December 15, 2014 | Nathan Triplett

One Michigan mayor says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would undermine communities like East Lansing, which strive to be opening, welcome and diverse.

PRO Religious-freedom act would protect Michigan people of faith

PRO Religious-freedom act would protect Michigan people of faith

December 15, 2014 | Ari Adler

The RFRA is based on a federal law passed in 1993. Its opponents here are using outlandish claims to spread fear about its potential effect here.

CON Michigan's Electoral College split: A spiteful rule change

CON Michigan's Electoral College split: A spiteful rule change

December 12, 2014 | Rep. Harold Haugh

If Republicans are so concerned about proportion and fairness, why are plans to change the way votes are divided only being considered in blue states with red-dominated legislatures?

PRO Michigan's Electoral College split: A return to relevancy

PRO Michigan's Electoral College split: A return to relevancy

December 12, 2014 | Rep. Pete Lund

Winner-take-all robs the state of true relevancy in presidential election years. Restoring it is a matter of making the state more competitive.

For teens, what a skilled trades career looks like

For teens, what a skilled trades career looks like

December 9, 2014 | Dave Adams

New guides help Michigan teens and young adults envision a path to dozens of well-paying skilled trades careers that don’t require a four-year college education.

Market-based approach will best protect the Straits from spills

Market-based approach will best protect the Straits from spills

December 5, 2014 | Ken Winter, James Hill

If Enbridge Energy Partners believes its pipelines are safe, the company shouldn’t mind an agreement that holds it liable for cleanups if another petroleum spill happens around the precious Great Lakes.

Detroit water shutoffs must end

Detroit water shutoffs must end

December 2, 2014 | Jim Olson

Detroit’s water shutoffs strike a blow to the rights and public trust in water of Detroit’s poor.

Senate should hold vote on public records bill

Senate should hold vote on public records bill

November 18, 2014 | Charles Hill

A bill that that would increase government transparency appears stalled in the Michigan Senate, after passing by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the House. Why?

Appeals ruling delays this gay couple’s return to Michigan

Appeals ruling delays this gay couple’s return to Michigan

November 13, 2014 | Kent Love-Ramirez, Diego Love-Ramirez

Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez moved with their son Lucas from Michigan to Minnesota because Michigan bans same-sex marriage and joint adoptions. A recent appeals court ruling means they won’t be returning soon.

Transportation funding means more than roads and bridges

Transportation funding means more than roads and bridges

November 13, 2014 | Chris Kolb

To attract a talented workforce and compete with rival states, Michigan must invest in more reliable and accessible public transit, and make our communities more walkable and bike-friendly.

Headlee’s signature amendment has worked for all Michigan residents

Headlee’s signature amendment has worked for all Michigan residents

October 17, 2014 | Patrick L. Anderson

It’s a lot more than “academic” – the limitations on taxation imposed by the Headlee amendment have been a needed governor on excess spending.

Michigan’s pre-school program needs more money, integration

Michigan’s pre-school program needs more money, integration

September 30, 2014 | Timothy J. Bartik

Model programs in states like Oklahoma provide money to attract quality teachers and properly train them, an upfront investment that will pay off mightily for Michigan down the road.

Senate panel should pass records law that serves the public

Senate panel should pass records law that serves the public

September 25, 2014 | Jane Briggs-Bunting

Sen. Richardville is blocking a FOIA bill that will keep the government from refusing to turn over public records, or charging exorbitant fees for their release. Passing this bill will make government bureaucrats more accountable.

Yes, Michigan, who is governor does make a difference

Yes, Michigan, who is governor does make a difference

September 9, 2014 | Michael Finney

Gov. Snyder’s common-sense reforms, economic policies are fueling Michigan’s comeback.

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