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

5 ways to improve standardized testing in Michigan schools

5 ways to improve standardized testing in Michigan schools

May 7, 2015 | Rod Rock

Clarkston Community Schools’ leaders bemoan the long hours young students spend on mandatory testing, and offer an alternative plan.

In the wake of Baltimore burning, a question: What Would Our Leaders Do (WWOLD)?

In the wake of Baltimore burning, a question: What Would Our Leaders Do (WWOLD)?

May 5, 2015 | Tom Watkins

The flashpoint in West Baltimore may have passed-- but the problems and mounting community frustration in cities across Michigan and America remain.

Yes, fixing the roads is an urgent need, but no, Proposal 1 isn’t the way to do it

Yes, fixing the roads is an urgent need, but no, Proposal 1 isn’t the way to do it

May 1, 2015 | Patrick L. Anderson

An economist lists the problems with Proposal 1, and finds them, as a whole, too worrisome to justify a yes vote on May 5.

Tax burden Prop 1 would impose too heavy to bear

Tax burden Prop 1 would impose too heavy to bear

May 1, 2015 | Paul Mitchell

Yes, Michigan’s roads are atrocious. But this writer says Proposal 1 would increase funding for entities that have nothing to do with roads.

Will we be better off if Proposal 1 passes? Former treasurer says yes

Will we be better off if Proposal 1 passes? Former treasurer says yes

April 24, 2015 | Douglas B. Roberts

Yes, it raises taxes, but the problem it was designed to solve is urgent and must be addressed if the state is to move forward.

Fix disparities in public university funding in Michigan

Fix disparities in public university funding in Michigan

April 23, 2015 | Jarrett Skorup

A Mackinac Center analyst says the way the state spends $1.5 billion on higher education is unfair.

An Earth Day pitch: When you hang up the phone for good, toss it the right way

An Earth Day pitch: When you hang up the phone for good, toss it the right way

April 17, 2015 | Joseph Yob

The shiny technology we discard contains hazardous waste, and devices need to be recycled responsibly – especially since the volume is growing so fast.

Michigan’s roads affect everyone, so a 'yes' vote on Proposal 1 makes sense

Michigan’s roads affect everyone, so a 'yes' vote on Proposal 1 makes sense

April 17, 2015 | Scott Gilman

Even residents who don’t drive can be directly affected by the terrible condition of the state’s transportation infrastructure. Proposal 1 is the best chance to get it fixed.

‘Diplomacy Begins Here’ conference aims to illuminate international relations

‘Diplomacy Begins Here’ conference aims to illuminate international relations

April 17, 2015 | Daniel Cherrin

You don’t have to have immunity to be a diplomat. Some of the most rewarding relationships between people of different countries start with people-to-people exchanges.

The Great Lakes state, graying: Demographic reality hits Michigan

The Great Lakes state, graying: Demographic reality hits Michigan

April 10, 2015 | Kurt Metzger

The graying of Michigan isn't confined to its northern counties. The whole state is aging, and simply isn't drawing the new residents it needs to keep its economy vigorous. A demographer asks whether we have the will to fix it.

Money Smart Week: Be penny wise, and pound savvier

Money Smart Week: Be penny wise, and pound savvier

April 10, 2015 | Kelly Masters

Most of us aren’t aware of how the scores of small financial decisions we make in a day or week can have long-term reverberations. One week of free educational events aims to fix that.

Let's rebuild Michigan through its greatest asset: its water

Let's rebuild Michigan through its greatest asset: its water

April 7, 2015 | John Austin

With our rich water history, fantastic coastal properties, and the tremendous innovation horsepower among our companies, colleges, and people – the Blue Economy is Michigan’s economic sweet spot.

Coalition supporting Detroit schools a step in the city’s road back

Coalition supporting Detroit schools a step in the city’s road back

April 3, 2015 | La June Montgomery Tabron

Both the city and the state will benefit from a collaboration from stakeholders dedicated to improving education in the state’s largest city.

Chasing fads? Today’s schools are struggling too much for that

Chasing fads? Today’s schools are struggling too much for that

April 3, 2015 | Anne Hamming

Michigan schools have seen real funding losses in recent years, for several reasons. Blaming educators for lackluster student performance is the easy way out, especially for a legislator.

A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’

A cull is a kill, and it’s an overreaction to deer ‘problem’

March 27, 2015 | Mary Kate Murphy

In saying, “Bambi, begone,” let’s remember the facts about deer eradication in urban and suburban areas. It may not even work very well.

Simplify school funding by freeing more dollars for the classroom

Simplify school funding by freeing more dollars for the classroom

March 26, 2015 | Tim Kelly

Michigan has lost its focus on student achievement while chasing the latest education fads and worrying about charter schools, choice, and how much money other districts receive.

Michigan must continue to hold schools accountable for achievement gaps

Michigan must continue to hold schools accountable for achievement gaps

March 26, 2015 | Amber Arellano

The Michigan Department of Education is being pressured to avoid using achievement gap data in its state rankings of schools. If we are to improve academic success for our most vulnerable students, the state must resist such pressure.

Those who can, do – and get their hands ‘dirty’ in the process

Those who can, do – and get their hands ‘dirty’ in the process

March 20, 2015 | David E. Cole

No need for grimy fingernails. Today’s manufacturing jobs don’t all require coveralls, but they do need people unafraid of hands-on learning.

Michigan should require dental screening for all children entering kindergarten

Michigan should require dental screening for all children entering kindergarten

March 19, 2015 | Laura Czelada

One-in-four Michigan third-graders have untreated dental disease. If we can spot disease early, we can avoid costly health issues that impact students’ learning and school attendance.

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.

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