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 Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.


Constant tax cuts killing Pure Michigan

July 8, 2014 | John Austin

There is plenty of blame to go around for this diminished Michigan Dream. The biggest culprit is not the Great Recession, but the wrongheaded belief that cutting taxes will improve the economy.

7 things every high school student should do this summer

June 26, 2014 | Patrick O'Connor

Summer is the perfect time to plan for life after high school, whether you are college-bound or entering the workforce. Here are a few quick tasks any student can perform.

Long summer break kills learning

June 19, 2014 | Charles Ballard

Michigan students enjoy an endless summer, while students in highly educated nations spend 20 days more each year in class.

It’s time to move beyond current debate on Obamacare

June 12, 2014 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Obamacare is already changing the healthcare landscape in Michigan. Major efforts are underway to make the system more effective and efficient, though we don’t yet know if they will work.

Finding common ground with Detroit

June 10, 2014 | Ken Winter

Mackinac conference is bringing all corners of Michigan together for serious policy solutions.

5 steps to improving education

May 29, 2014 | David Stanley

Higher standards and more rigorous training are the keys to developing better teachers for our children.

A four-year college degree remains best bet for well-paying, secure career

May 22, 2014 | Lou Glazer

No matter what you hear, the reality is Millennials with a four-year degree are doing substantially better than their peers without a four-year degree. End of story.

Support Detroit’s renewal, for Michigan's sake

May 20, 2014 | Doug Rothwell

Business Leaders for Michigan supports state legislation that would make a significant financial contribution to Detroit’s future.

Greg MacMaster: Why I oppose the Detroit ‘bailout’

May 13, 2014 | Rep. Greg MacMaster

Detroit has received preferential treatment for years. Here are six reasons I won’t support sending more money Detroit’s way.

Forget traditional schools vs. charters; quality must grace all schools

May 8, 2014 | Tom Watkins

Stop the ideological fights in Lansing and place the focus on appropriate oversight and quality education regardless of its source.

Specialized support for at-risk students is effective

May 1, 2014 | Jeff Brown

For impoverished students, a quality education goes beyond providing a strong curriculum and standardized tests.

Teachers need more training and resources to teach to higher standards

April 24, 2014 | Amber Arellano, Steve Cook

It makes little sense to expect that Michigan students will meet more rigorous college- and career-ready standards without supporting teachers in implementing them and measuring whether students get there.

Parents need help choosing the best school for their children

April 17, 2014 | Dan Varner

Michigan created a vast marketplace of school choice, yet provides parents with almost no tools to gauge school quality.

Texas conservatives to Michigan: Cut prisons now

April 15, 2014 | Derek Cohen, Marc Levin

Texas has shed its “throw-away-the-key” mantra for nonviolent offenders. Seven years ago, it invested in drug courts and community monitoring for low-level offenders. The result: crime is way down, so is recidivism. And the state has saved billions in prison costs.

Aging boomers are ready for their Encore

April 10, 2014 | Beverly Hall Burns

Blessed with better health, a longer life expectancy and the conviction that we can do anything we set our minds to, boomers can make significant contributions for the social good. One program shows how.

Grand Rapids is addressing legacy costs

April 8, 2014 | Gregory Sundstrom

A remarkable transformation has taken place in Grand Rapids, with the city cutting costs and controlling pension and health-care obligations

To combat child obesity, Michigan needs more phys ed

April 8, 2014 | Mike Maisner

Michigan schools have no minimum requirement for for K-8 physical education. A pending bill would require younger children to receive at least 90 minutes of phys ed a week.

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

April 3, 2014 | Kathy Hayes

The public wants school board members to receive the training and professional development to make good decisions on behalf of our students. Currently, Michigan does not require such training for board members.