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

Opinion | Six ways Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers can protect Michigan water

Opinion | Six ways Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers can protect Michigan water

April 28, 2019 | Dave Dempsey

Groundwater is invisible until your well is contaminated. But that does not mean it's unimportant. We need more investment and awareness of the dangers.

 Opinion | Michigan drivers pay small gas tax now. The free ride is over.

Opinion | Michigan drivers pay small gas tax now. The free ride is over.

April 25, 2019 | Ronald Fisher

The average Michigan driver pays about $10 a month in gas tax. They believe they’re paying a lot more.

Opinion | Ending pot board is Whitmer payback to Michigan marijuana lobby

Opinion | Ending pot board is Whitmer payback to Michigan marijuana lobby

April 24, 2019 | Don Bailey

Licensing board member Don Bailey accuses Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel of putting political favors ahead of public safety and  predicts the criminal element will thrive in marijuana industry.

Opinion | Michigan must fix school funding model for students to shine

Opinion | Michigan must fix school funding model for students to shine

April 22, 2019 | Padma Kuppa

As an immigrant and a legislator, Padma Kuppa writes that she knows the value of an education, and Michigan needs to invest more.

Opinion | Michigan’s private colleges must play vital role boosting college attainment

Opinion | Michigan’s private colleges must play vital role boosting college attainment

April 16, 2019 | Jeff Abernathy

Michigan is facing a talent gap – a gap that must be filled by more people with college degrees, says the president of Alma College

Opinion | Why build a huge Wayne County Jail when there are fewer inmates?

Opinion | Why build a huge Wayne County Jail when there are fewer inmates?

April 12, 2019 | Dennis M. Haffey

A longtime attorney argues that changes in laws will mean fewer inmates. So why are we building a behemoth jail?

Opinion| Michigan schools need a fairer funding model for all students

Opinion| Michigan schools need a fairer funding model for all students

April 11, 2019 | Randy Liepa

One of the five candidates in the running to become the next Michigan State Superintendent explains why he backs a study calling for more education funding.

Opinion | Why Michigan’s economic ‘good times’ aren’t that good, in 11 slides

Opinion | Why Michigan’s economic ‘good times’ aren’t that good, in 11 slides

April 9, 2019 | Lou Glazer

Yes, unemployment is low. But so is income. Michigan has become a low-prosperity state.

Opinion | Abolish homeowner real property tax to spur Detroit's comeback

Opinion | Abolish homeowner real property tax to spur Detroit's comeback

April 9, 2019 | John E. Mogk

We won’t rebuild Detroit’s middle class without thinking outside the box. Here’s one idea.

Opinion | If we want to improve Michigan schools, start with breakfast

Opinion | If we want to improve Michigan schools, start with breakfast

April 9, 2019 | Wanda Cook-Robinson

Thousands of children in the state’s richest county are getting free breakfast at school. Here’s why - and why more schools should consider it.

Opinion | We need the news, but we don’t want to pay for it

Opinion | We need the news, but we don’t want to pay for it

April 9, 2019 | Lauren Ross

Most of us aren’t paying for news today, and it’s killing the publications that cover local news.

Opinion | Michigan needs auto insurance reform. But don’t scrap No-Fault

Opinion | Michigan needs auto insurance reform. But don’t scrap No-Fault

April 8, 2019 | Phil Weaver

Michigan should work to eliminate insurance fraud and medical service fees instead of eliminating benefits for auto accident victims.

Opinion | Time to raise the age for juvenile justice in Michigan

Opinion | Time to raise the age for juvenile justice in Michigan

April 3, 2019 | Graham Filler

Michigan is one of the last states to treat 17-year-olds like adults in our court system. That’s not doing them or the state any favors.

Opinion | It’s time to invest in Michigan’s environment and economy

Opinion | It’s time to invest in Michigan’s environment and economy

April 3, 2019 | Liesl Clark

The director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality makes a pitch for environmental cleanup as an economic engine.

Opinion | Here’s a secret: Things cost money. That money comes from taxes

Opinion | Here’s a secret: Things cost money. That money comes from taxes

April 1, 2019 | Ned Staebler

Michigan has systematically disinvested in roads and schools. It’s time to turn that boat around.

Opinion | Hiring workers with autism is good business, not charity

Opinion | Hiring workers with autism is good business, not charity

March 31, 2019 | Brian Calley

Michigan’s former lieutenant governor says more should be done to provide opportunities for those with autism.

Opinion | Softening Michigan civil asset forfeiture laws helps drug dealers

Opinion | Softening Michigan civil asset forfeiture laws helps drug dealers

March 26, 2019 | Robert Stevenson

Livonia’s retired police chief makes a case for cops keeping assets of suspected drug dealers, even without a criminal conviction.

Opinion | There’s another infrastructure that needs maintained - health information

Opinion | There’s another infrastructure that needs maintained - health information

March 22, 2019 | Tim Pletcher

Michigan is a leader in health information networks. We need to stay there.

Opinion | As we fix Michigan’s damn roads, fix the damn funding formula

Opinion | As we fix Michigan’s damn roads, fix the damn funding formula

March 22, 2019 | Robert Ficano

A law passed in 1951 is short-changing Michigan’s metropolitan areas, where roads are most heavily traveled.

Opinion | Calm down, Michigan, the sky isn’t falling, nor is school funding

Opinion | Calm down, Michigan, the sky isn’t falling, nor is school funding

March 20, 2019 | Ben DeGrow

Michigan Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, penned a guest commentary questioning the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s views on school funding. Here’s the Mackinac Center’s response.

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