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 Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.


Opinion | Is it time to increase taxes in Michigan?

October 1, 2019 | Ronald Fisher

If Michiganders want quality services, higher taxes seem appropriate and perhaps necessary, writes a Michigan State University professor of economics.

Opinion | Please Gov Whitmer, don’t end funding for pro-life pregnancy services

September 27, 2019 | Rebecca Mastee

The state paid $700,000 for services to groups that encourage women not to end their pregnancies. A new Democratic governor is threatening to end that funding.

Opinion | The Republican school budget hurts Michigan students

September 27, 2019 | Dayna Polehanki

The plan now being considered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t help turn around Michigan’s schools, says a former teacher and current legislator.  

Opinion | Real funding is down for Michigan schools. Thanks, DeVos family

September 24, 2019 | David Arsen, Tanner Delpier

Total dollars spent on Michigan’s School Aid Fund are up. But that doesn’t take into account inflation, the funds diverted to colleges, or the lack of real investment in the past decade, especially for the most vulnerable students. 

Opinion | Michigan should fight weakening of federal school lunch standards

September 23, 2019 | Anne Kittendorf

The federal government scaled back on requirements for healthy school meals. Michigan doesn’t have to.

Opinion | Stop pleading poverty, Michigan colleges. Taxpayers are plenty generous

September 19, 2019 | James Hohman

Maybe the state Legislature shouldn’t be debating how much money to give Michigan’s public universities, but how little. It’s time for taxpayer-supported colleges to get serious about financial restraint.

Opinion | It’s time to hold Michigan businesses accountable for air pollution

September 19, 2019 | Abdullah Hammoud

Metro Detroit has some of the worst air quality ratings in the nation. A new set of bills would add accountability and transparency between businesses and communities.

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

September 18, 2019 | Barbara Gottschalk

Reading scores are going down in Michigan despite efforts. Maybe it’s time to redirect that early literacy funding toward reducing class size, says one teacher.

Opinion | A defense of Enbridge, its environmental record and Line 5

September 17, 2019 | Brad Shamla

The vice president of Enbridge’s U.S. operations makes a case for why the company that operates Line 5 under the Mackinac Straits should be trusted.  

Opinion | Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt.

September 12, 2019 | Louis Steigerwald

The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.

Opinion | Fix the damn schools, Michigan

September 10, 2019 | Mike Addonizio

A Wayne State professor takes political leaders to task for the sorry state of Michigan’s schools.

Opinion | Time to close Michigan’s access gap to mental health services

September 9, 2019 | Mark Reinstein, Kevin Fischer, Jane Shank, Greg Toutant, Sam Price, Robert Sheehan

Only half of Michiganders on Medicaid who need mental health support receive care; those on private health insurance don’t fare much better.

Opinion | Cleanup of Great Lakes pollution hot spots is good for economy

September 6, 2019 | John Hartig

Cleaning up the mess we’ve made of our waterways isn’t just the right thing to do; it helps revitalize communities.

Opinion | Michigan is now 44th in per-resident support for higher ed

September 3, 2019 | Daniel Hurley

Disinvestment in public universities and community colleges is hobbling Michigan’s future.

Opinion | Enbridge has proven it can’t be trusted with water and Line 5

August 30, 2019 | Keith Cooley

Michigan has too much at stake to allow Line 5 to continue operating.

Opinion | That Pure Michigan you love? Thank the MEDC

August 28, 2019 | Katharine Czarnecki, David Lorenz

From historic preservation to blight removal, state and community development projects from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are making the state a better place to live and visit.

Opinion | In sexual assault cases, Michigan universities need oversight

August 23, 2019 | Kat Klawes

Michigan universities need an independent watchdog to ensure they can no longer silence students and their complaints over how sexual assault investigations are handled.

Opinion | Let’s all make Michigan a leader in addressing climate change

August 22, 2019 | Gerry Anderson

Responding to a guest commentary by the Sierra Club, the chairman of DTE Energy says the power company is doing its part to battle climate change.

Opinion | How bad are Michigan’s roads? It’s even affecting food banks

August 20, 2019 | Phil Knight

The executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan says investing in our roads is vital to the state’s future.

Opinion | ‘Medicare for All’ would hurt Michigan businesses

August 19, 2019 | Brian Calley

 Former lieutenant governor Brian Calley argues that politicians should stop messing with the health care system because it will hurt Michigan small businesses.