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

Make pension details for public employees public, again

Make pension details for public employees public, again

September 10, 2015 | Steve Harry

A campaign to get Lansing to reverse course and make public how pension benefits are determined for public workers

Helping vulnerable children early is key to closing achievement gaps

Helping vulnerable children early is key to closing achievement gaps

September 8, 2015 | Matt Gillard

Research shows that a host of programs, from parental coaching to helping children deal with traumatic environments at home, will help elevate Michigan to a top 10 education state.

Lansing should raise energy efficiency and renewable energy standards

Lansing should raise energy efficiency and renewable energy standards

September 3, 2015 | Martin Kushler, John Sarver

It’s the responsibility of lawmakers to hold utilities accountable for keeping utility costs low

Michigan’s public universities already operate openly

Michigan’s public universities already operate openly

September 1, 2015 | Daniel Hurley

Universities push back at amending state Constitution to open more of their board deliberations to the public.

Michigan businesses: Embrace company culture to attract Millennial talent

Michigan businesses: Embrace company culture to attract Millennial talent

August 28, 2015 | Colleen Albright

It’s not all free snacks and dog-friendly offices -- young workers want their employers to embrace flexibility, change and work-life balance.

An early childhood home visitation program blooms in Kalamazoo

An early childhood home visitation program blooms in Kalamazoo

August 25, 2015 | Amy Slancik

Kalamazoo’s “Parents as Teachers” program gives critical support to parents who may feel isolated

Go green and save green, or how using less energy helps Michigan municipalities

Go green and save green, or how using less energy helps Michigan municipalities

August 21, 2015 | Nathan Triplett

Homeowners think nothing of making their houses more energy-efficient. They should ask the same of their public buildings, too.

Middle-class families need a fairer tax system to get ahead

Middle-class families need a fairer tax system to get ahead

August 21, 2015 | Jim Ananich, Rebekah Warren

A graduated income tax would give working families a toehold, and make the wealthiest pay more, say two Michigan state senators.

Support energy measures that eliminate mandates

Support energy measures that eliminate mandates

August 20, 2015 | Mike Nofs, John Proos

Continued surcharges and subsidies skew the market in Michigan and provide government-chosen special treatment for certain technologies.

Providing regionalized care for heart emergencies would save lives

Providing regionalized care for heart emergencies would save lives

August 18, 2015 | Brahmajee Nallamothu

Gov. Snyder recently approved funding for a statewide trauma network for patients suffering major injuries, like from car accidents. Michigan should support a similar network to lower the nearly 30,000 deaths annually from cardiovascular illness.

What’s a nice place like Lapeer doing with a rep like Todd Courser?

What’s a nice place like Lapeer doing with a rep like Todd Courser?

August 14, 2015 | Rose Bogardus

Even moderate places can send idealogues to the halls of power, when they’re whipped on by distorted media, unreasonable expectations and lazy voters.

Force university boards to deliberate in public

Force university boards to deliberate in public

August 13, 2015 | Martin Howrylak

Rep. Martin Howrylak is proposing a constitutional amendment intended to force universities’ governing boards to deliberate in a public forum.

After a year, Belle Isle still welcomes people of color, but...

After a year, Belle Isle still welcomes people of color, but...

August 7, 2015 | Aaron Foley

The stepped-up police presence that makes Detroit’s island park more attractive to suburbanites can still strike fear in the hearts of city residents.

Bad news for Michigan kids, at a time when it should be better

Bad news for Michigan kids, at a time when it should be better

July 31, 2015 | Alicia Guevara Warren

Years after a bruising recession ended, even more of the state’s children are living in poverty than when it was at its peak. What’s the policy solution? Help their parents, for starters.

Former House Speaker’s alcohol battle carries lessons

Former House Speaker’s alcohol battle carries lessons

July 24, 2015 | Tom Watkins

Craig DeRoche was one of Michigan’s most powerful legislative voices before drinking derailed his life. His recovery, chronicled in a new book, shows he still has contributions to offer.

How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases

How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases

July 23, 2015 | Erik Nordman

Joining forces with nine northeastern states will allow Michigan to reduce gas emissions in the least costly way possible

At 25, Americans With Disabilities Act about more than bathrooms and parking

At 25, Americans With Disabilities Act about more than bathrooms and parking

July 17, 2015 | Bridge Staff

The ADA made it possible for individuals with physical and mental challenges to more fully integrate with the able-bodied world, through “reasonable accommodation” to their needs.

A call for Michigan redistricting reform

A call for Michigan redistricting reform

July 14, 2015 | Craig Thiel, Eric Lupher

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shows that citizens, not politicians, have the ultimate power to demand fair legislative boundaries.

How Kent County is trying to improve the odds for low-income students

How Kent County is trying to improve the odds for low-income students

July 2, 2015 | Charles Honey

The cold realities of poverty are met with a team approach to community.

Mental health care in Michigan has room for improvement, but will it?

Mental health care in Michigan has room for improvement, but will it?

June 26, 2015 | Vikram Reddy

There are ways to streamline and improve care for behavioral-health patients, but it won’t be inexpensive. But the way we’re doing it now isn’t cheap, either.

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