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 | A conservative case for criminal record ‘Clean Slate’ in Michigan

Opinion | A conservative case for criminal record ‘Clean Slate’ in Michigan

March 4, 2019 | Jesse Kelley, Arthur Rizer

An estimated half million Michigan adults have criminal records that hobble their ability to get jobs. Could wiping their slate clean help the state economy, and actually reduce recidivism?

Opinion | Military leaders set example for child care in Michigan

Opinion | Military leaders set example for child care in Michigan

March 1, 2019 | Carl Camden, William Henderson

Michigan needs to invest more in child care, for the sake of families and businesses alike.

Opinion | Solar lobbyists seek subsidies at expense of low-income Michiganders

Opinion | Solar lobbyists seek subsidies at expense of low-income Michiganders

February 26, 2019 | W.L. Starghill Jr.

The battle over Michigan home solar power energy continues in this guest column by a member of Michigan Energy Promise, a group defending current state policies.

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

February 20, 2019 | Kate Madigan

Michigan can’t throw up its hands and say it can’t make a difference in something as big as climate change. But we need to do our part.

Opinion | No teacher shortage yet in Michigan, but the talent pipeline is leaking

Opinion | No teacher shortage yet in Michigan, but the talent pipeline is leaking

February 18, 2019 | Eric Lupher

Fewer college students are considering careers in teaching, and new teachers flee the profession at a high rate. Michigan needs to address those issues.

Opinion | It’s not just trust that’s lost in Flint, some water remains unsafe

Opinion | It’s not just trust that’s lost in Flint, some water remains unsafe

February 12, 2019 | Jill Ryan

Michigan shouldn’t turn its attention away from Flint just because the state says drinking water is “restored,” says an environmental activist.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

February 11, 2019 | Brad Lyman

Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

February 8, 2019 | John Truscott

The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.

Opinion | Lincoln Park program builds work skills for autistic young adults

Opinion | Lincoln Park program builds work skills for autistic young adults

February 8, 2019 | Nicole Chubb

This isn’t the sort of program you hear a lot about. But it’s the kind of program that makes a difference.

Opinion | Fired Dearborn editor on why Henry Ford bigotry story matters

Opinion | Fired Dearborn editor on why Henry Ford bigotry story matters

February 7, 2019 | Bill McGraw

Bill McGraw has written about metro Detroit’s history for decades, but few stories have stirred as much controversy as an article about Henry Ford’s public campaign to stir anti-Semitism

Opinion | Fix the damn pipes, Gov. Whitmer

Opinion | Fix the damn pipes, Gov. Whitmer

February 6, 2019 | Bonnifer Ballard

It doesn’t get headlines like potholes, but water infrastructure also needs to be fixed.

Opinion | $20 million for ex-Republican chair’s firm is good for Michigan

Opinion | $20 million for ex-Republican chair’s firm is good for Michigan

February 6, 2019 | Eric Winkelman

The money the state is spending for utility lines to a housing development planned by the company of former Republican Chair Bobby Schostak will pay for itself through future taxes, says a former associate in the company.

Opinion | I study PFAS in Michigan. Trust me, they are everywhere

Opinion | I study PFAS in Michigan. Trust me, they are everywhere

February 5, 2019 | Gillian Zaharias Miller

Children’s car seats, cookware, carpet and takeout containers – almost everything contains PFAS and will until we get serious about eliminating this set of dangerous chemicals.

Opinion | Lansing should focus on solving problems, not securing ‘wins’

Opinion | Lansing should focus on solving problems, not securing ‘wins’

January 31, 2019 | Fred Keller

Politics today is all about who wins and who loses, rather than what’s best for Michigan and the nation.

Opinion | New Michigan governor, lawmakers should boost electric vehicle market

Opinion | New Michigan governor, lawmakers should boost electric vehicle market

January 23, 2019 | Anne Kelly, Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Thirty-seven states have policies that encourage development of electric vehicles. Michigan isn’t one of them. That needs to change.

Opinion | Talent should be the top priority for Michigan’s new leaders

Opinion | Talent should be the top priority for Michigan’s new leaders

January 22, 2019 | Daniel Hurley

High wages and a better economy are dependent upon the state increasing the number of college grads.

Opinion | College students shouldn’t have to choose between tuition and food

Opinion | College students shouldn’t have to choose between tuition and food

January 18, 2019 | Carmel Price, Natalie Sampson

Students across Michigan now rely on campus food pantries. Worrying about your next meal is not what college is supposed to be about.

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

January 17, 2019 | Ron Koehler

You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler

Opinion | Enbridge is wrong, and Line 5 is wrong for Michigan

Opinion | Enbridge is wrong, and Line 5 is wrong for Michigan

January 16, 2019 | David Holtz

Michigan should be focusing on clean energy, rather than building an oil and gas pipeline for a private company.

Opinion | Paid sick leave may be gutted in Michigan, but it’s coming back

Opinion | Paid sick leave may be gutted in Michigan, but it’s coming back

January 10, 2019 | Gilda Jacobs, Sherry Leiwant, Vicki Shabo

Outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder and lame duck legislators eviscerated Michigan’s paid sick leave law in December. It may be back on the ballot in 2020.

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