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

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

October 21, 2020 | Nicole McKinney

COVID cases are on the rise again, and despite our best efforts, the current in-person models of opening and closing schools don’t seem sustainable long-term.

Opinion | New partnerships are needed to solve Michigan’s water-related issues

Opinion | New partnerships are needed to solve Michigan’s water-related issues

October 20, 2020 | Ridgway White

Gov. Whitmer has proposed a $500 million fund to modernize Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure and sewer systems, but that won’t cover all the necessary work. We need to restore the partnership among local, state and federal agencies that work on water infrastructure issues.

Opinion | Line 5: an unnecessary and imprudent investment

Opinion | Line 5: an unnecessary and imprudent investment

October 19, 2020 | Stanley 'Skip' Pruss

Long-term market trends and recent events strongly suggest the need for fossil fuel-related infrastructure is decreasing significantly.  

Opinion | Why Michigan land conservation leaders support Proposal 1

Opinion | Why Michigan land conservation leaders support Proposal 1

October 16, 2020 | Michigan land conservancies

There are many whose access to trails, parks and natural areas is limited. We can change that in November with Proposal 1.

Opinion | Whitmer's Healthy Climate Plan: a win for our air, water, health

Opinion | Whitmer's Healthy Climate Plan: a win for our air, water, health

October 16, 2020 | Elizabeth DelBuono

Michigan joins nine other states with carbon-neutrality initiatives that will create new jobs, stimulate the economy and protect the health of our state.

Opinion | Here’s one way to clean up the air in Michigan

Opinion | Here’s one way to clean up the air in Michigan

October 15, 2020 | Doug Durante, Reg Modlin

While residents of Michigan may think  their air is still “safe," they should really think again. A bigger problem has existed for decades in the air we don’t see—air polluted with toxic ultra-fine particles, or UFPs. 

Opinion | Police reform and accountability are long overdue

Opinion | Police reform and accountability are long overdue

October 14, 2020 | Paul Elam

Politicians in Michigan and across the country promise action. But as another election approaches, action is illusory.

Opinion | How to guarantee your Michigan absentee ballot arrives on time

Opinion | How to guarantee your Michigan absentee ballot arrives on time

October 13, 2020 | Roger Rapoport

More than a half-million ballots were rejected in the U.S. primary elections this year. Don’t let this happen to you on Nov. 4.

Opinion | 'Militia' or 'terrorists'? The terms aren't mutually exclusive

Opinion | 'Militia' or 'terrorists'? The terms aren't mutually exclusive

October 13, 2020 | Peter F. Trumbore

The 13 men arrested on federal and state charges to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are members of, or affiliated with, armed militias. They allegedly were planning acts of terrorism. So what do we call them?

Opinion | Legislature should pass bills to expand recycling in Michigan

Opinion | Legislature should pass bills to expand recycling in Michigan

October 10, 2020 | Todd Wilson

Waste shouldn’t be something that we just bury and forget about, it’s a resource we can recover and use in growing our economy. 

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

October 7, 2020 | Jim Stapleton

The new school year began under an obsolete school funding approach that disregards the unique needs of students and threatens our state’s economic resurgence.

Opinion | Amid mandates, collaboration is the key for managing COVID-19

Opinion | Amid mandates, collaboration is the key for managing COVID-19

October 6, 2020 | Erik Nordman

Local governments and businesses may experiment and find new approaches that work even better than government intervention.

Opinion | The dangers of delaying cancer screenings amid COVID-19

Opinion | The dangers of delaying cancer screenings amid COVID-19

October 3, 2020 | Kris Nicholoff

Cancer is already a serious problem in Michigan, which ranks 14th in cancer mortality nationwide. As physicians committed to holistic health and wellness, none of us wants to wait to begin saving lives.

Opinion | How Michigan moved the needle on race disparities in COVID

Opinion | How Michigan moved the needle on race disparities in COVID

October 1, 2020 | Debra Furr-Holden

The results have been astounding. Once disproportionately represented in COVID cases and deaths, African Americans are now underrepresented.

Opinion | When government works: Michigan’s response to COVID's economic crisis

Opinion | When government works: Michigan’s response to COVID's economic crisis

October 1, 2020 | H. Luke Shaefer

Expanded unemployment assistance, an eviction moratorium and diverse collaborations played a major role in shoring up the financial stability for millions of Michiganders.

Opinion | Carbon-neutral goal offers Michigan a cleaner, healthier future

Opinion | Carbon-neutral goal offers Michigan a cleaner, healthier future

September 29, 2020 | Liesl Clark

In setting the goal of making Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050, Gov. Whitmer let businesses know that the state will be a welcoming, committed partner in ensuring the state has a more prosperous future.

Opinion | Update 10-cent bottle bill but not at the cost of public health

Opinion | Update 10-cent bottle bill but not at the cost of public health

September 25, 2020 | Sean Hammond

The variety in beverages sold now was inconceivable 40 years ago, but the need to protect our rivers, streams and lakes is the same. 

Opinion | I'm a mom in Switzerland. I learned about voting rights in Big Rapids, Michigan

Opinion | I'm a mom in Switzerland. I learned about voting rights in Big Rapids, Michigan

September 25, 2020 | Amy Aves Challenger

Years later, my great-grandmother's words, 'every woman should vote,'  are particularly resonant.

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

September 24, 2020 | Mark S. Rosentraub

Big Ten college football is set to begin Oct. 24. A professor of sport management at the University of Michigan addresses some benefits and potential drawbacks of playing football too soon.

First Person | I opened schools early. Then COVID struck. I stand by the call.

First Person | I opened schools early. Then COVID struck. I stand by the call.

September 21, 2020 | Keith Smith

No doubt, the coronavirus is dangerous, but so is social isolation, writes a superintendent, whose district had the first student in northern Michigan test positive for COVID-19.

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