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 | Fund the child, not the ZIP code, in Michigan school budget

August 16, 2019 | Lori Tubbergen Clark

A Michigan superintendent takes issue with a recent Bridge guest commentary that argued for equal, rather than equitable, school funding.

Opinion | Michigan conservation officers save lives. Don’t cut our budget.

August 15, 2019 | Dan Eichinger

At least 31 people have been saved by Michigan conservation officers since 2015. A budget proposal in the House threatens to eliminate some of those positions at the Department of Natural Resources.

Opinion | Great Lakes need protection. But shutting Line 5 is foolish.

August 14, 2019 | Steve Bucci

Enbridge is taking steps to safeguard the pipeline that pumps $160 million in taxes into Michigan’s economy. Politicians’ knee-jerk proposals to decommission the pipeline would only hurt the working class.

Opinion | Enough is enough – don’t fix Michigan's roads with classroom dollars

August 12, 2019 | Chris Wigent, Don Wotruba

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s idea doesn’t fix the damn roads – it kicks the can down the damn road.

Opinion | School equity proposal exacerbates system of winners vs. losers

August 5, 2019 | Sue Kelly

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $1 million school research collaborative has drawn widespread support statewide. There’s one problem: It doesn’t even the playing field.

Opinion | Michigan school libraries are still in limbo. Why?

August 2, 2019 | Patrick Taylor

Michigan cut back on school librarians during the recession. It’s time to bring them back.

Opinion | DTE’s plans for gas plant pose climate risk

July 31, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Fred Miller

Why build a new gas-powered plant when renewables are the future?

Opinion | Give visas to skilled immigrants in places Michigan is stagnant

July 29, 2019 | Steve Tobocman

Many places in Michigan are losing population. The solution: Visas specifically for skilled immigrants willing to move there. It’s an idea based on successful programs in Canada and Australia.

Opinion | Dana Nessel: Line 5 must close to protect all of Michigan

July 22, 2019 | Dana Nessel

Michigan’s attorney general explains why she sued to close the controversial Line 5 gas pipeline that passes beneath the Mackinac Straits.

Opinion | U-M’s investment is helping us improve Detroit, not evict people.

July 18, 2019 | Jordan Friedman, Corey Hanker

Two developers respond to a Bridge Magazine article about their investments in Detroit. ‘Our focus is increasing availability of affordable, quality housing for the city’s residents.’

Opinion | Benton Harbor’s school crisis needs more than a bandage fix

July 18, 2019 | Tom Watkins

Benton Harbor is in danger of losing its high school because of poor academic performance and debilitating debt. A former state superintendent says the district’s struggles should be a wake-up call for Michigan.

Opinion | Please, Michigan Supreme Court, restore public will on minimum wage

July 17, 2019 | Maria Van Core

Michigan’s Supreme Court justices should restore the minimum wage increase that the public wanted last year – and the Legislature weakened in lame duck.

Opinion | I’m an economist and I support payday loans

July 17, 2019 | Gary Wolfram

Sure, payday loans charge 400 percent interest. But they can help low-income Michigan residents make it to their next payday, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Opinion | Want Michigan kids to learn science? Take them outside.

July 9, 2019 | Kathleen Bushnell Owsley

There’s a growing movement to take students out of the classroom and into nature to learn about the environment and nature. That’s happening in schools and programs around Michigan.

Opinion | I’m a 7th-generation Michigan commercial fisherman. 13 are left.

July 2, 2019 | Robert Ruleau

Robert Ruleau’s family business has survived weather and invasive species. Now it’s trying to survive the Department of Natural Resources.

Opinion | For Flint’s lead-exposed children, a sobering lesson from Toledo

July 1, 2019 | Marilynne Wood

The Flint water crisis impacted thousands of young children. A researcher who has studied the impact of lead exposure says there are interventions that can help.

Opinion | Urgent need for clean energy should unite Michigan, not divide us

June 29, 2019 | Mike Stone

Listen to one another. Keep an open mind to new concepts (as well as some old) and collaborate so Michigan can be a national leader in clean and safe energy

Opinion | Medical costs are an emergency. I know, I’m an ER doc.

June 27, 2019 | Rob Davidson

An emergency room doctor describes the anguish he sees every day as patients are forced to choose between urgent medical care and playing their bills.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick time initiative a slap in the face to workers

June 26, 2019 | Lois Robertson-Douglass

The sad irony is that the elected officials who gutted paid sick time for Michigan workers are salaried and get paid in full whether or not they show up to work.

Opinion | To improve health, boost Medicaid dental reimbursement rates

June 25, 2019 | Romesh Nalliah

Michigan’s Medicaid reimbursement rates haven’t changed since the 1990s. That has to change.