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

Enbridge: Line 5 pipeline is vital to Michigan

Enbridge: Line 5 pipeline is vital to Michigan

January 26, 2016 | Brad Shamla

Enbridge assures Michigan residents that its Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, is safe. The company says it’s committed to protecting the Great Lakes as it provides access to affordable, secure energy to the state.

Pipeline secrecy bill threatens Great Lakes, prevents accountability

Pipeline secrecy bill threatens Great Lakes, prevents accountability

January 26, 2016 | Phil Roos

A bill that would allow energy companies to keep private key information about oil and gas pipelines in Michigan threatens the Great Lakes and the people of Michigan, the author argues.

Michigan earns ‘F’ for transparency, while legislature helps it stay there

Michigan earns ‘F’ for transparency, while legislature helps it stay there

January 22, 2016 | Craig Mauger

Among the tsunami of unwelcome attention swamping the state, now this: Dark money swamps our elections, and even its defenders won’t speak up

Sander Levin: State ‘gag law’ hurts schools, communities

Sander Levin: State ‘gag law’ hurts schools, communities

January 21, 2016 | Sander Levin

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin says this misguided law prevents schools and local government from giving voters the facts on millages or other ballot issues 60 days before elections, when most voters need basic information. It must be repealed.

Is time running out on the Enbridge Straits pipeline 5?

Is time running out on the Enbridge Straits pipeline 5?

January 19, 2016 | Ken Winter

The tide appears to be changing in favor of halting the controversial pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, as new studies, evidence and reason point to the line’s potential threat to the Great Lakes

Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help

Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help

January 15, 2016 | Ivy Bailey

Detroit school conditions are sickening, so teachers called in sick. Now it’s the state’s responsibility to make it right.

Why ecologists support Ann Arbor’s deer cull

Why ecologists support Ann Arbor’s deer cull

January 14, 2016 | Christopher Dick

In the fierce debate over how to control deer populations in urban areas, a U-M ecologist defends the use of sharpshooters over some non-lethal methods.

Opioids’ rising death toll demands comprehensive policy solutions

Opioids’ rising death toll demands comprehensive policy solutions

January 8, 2016 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Theresa R.F. Dreyer

Prescriptions for these powerful drugs are a godsend to those suffering chronic pain. Their interests must be balanced with others’ as we seek to reduce fatal overdoses

To succeed in business, think like a business person – and an artist

To succeed in business, think like a business person – and an artist

December 22, 2015 | Julie Bianchi

“Design thinking” sounds arty, but it’s being embraced by business. It's about flexibility, creativity and problem-solving, for organizations and individuals.

When it comes to talent, Michigan needs more of everything

When it comes to talent, Michigan needs more of everything

December 17, 2015 | Doug Rothwell

More degrees, more certificates, more learning, more smarts: This is the 21st century economy. A new campaign seeks to drive that message home.

Are Ann Arbor’s deer enough of a threat to warrant firepower?

Are Ann Arbor’s deer enough of a threat to warrant firepower?

December 17, 2015 | Tanya Hilgendorf

If only plants are at stake, maybe there’s a better solution than sharpshooters in city parks.

The forest-loving Farm Bill at 25

The forest-loving Farm Bill at 25

December 15, 2015 | Bill O’Neill

This is the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Farm Bill, legislation that fostered important collaborations among woodland owners, nonprofits and the government.

Some college, no degree, lots of debt: A burden for students, schools and communities

Some college, no degree, lots of debt: A burden for students, schools and communities

December 11, 2015 | Russell Olwell, Marquan Jackson

Getting into college is one thing. Finishing is another. Programs that can help ‘some college’ students become graduates are vital to the state’s economic health.

Time to rewrite the regulatory compact

Time to rewrite the regulatory compact

December 8, 2015 | Rodger Kershner

Rather than rewarding utilities for spending the greatest amount of money on energy investment and infrastructure, we need to align their interests with the public’s in seeking to reduce energy use, safety concerns and pollution.

Hit the books, Michigan, and get smart about economic growth

Hit the books, Michigan, and get smart about economic growth

December 4, 2015 | Lou Glazer

The state will best begin its climb back to prosperity by acknowledging some hard facts about its past – and future. Education and talent are more important than manufacturing.

Legislature must close ‘dark stores’ tax loophole

Legislature must close ‘dark stores’ tax loophole

November 19, 2015 | Dan Gilmartin

Large, big-box retailers are taking advantage of the loophole , which is gutting resources for local schools and essential services across Michigan

More needs to be done for Michigan sex-trafficking victims

More needs to be done for Michigan sex-trafficking victims

November 13, 2015 | Vikram Reddy

Legislation and awareness is a good start, but the next step should be focused on specific areas where work needs to be concentrated.

College affordability will shape Michigan’s future economy

College affordability will shape Michigan’s future economy

November 12, 2015 | Sen. Jim Ananich

Bipartisan legislation in Lansing can help lessen the debt for Michigan college graduates

In recovery, Michigan’s real estate marketplace stretches its legs

In recovery, Michigan’s real estate marketplace stretches its legs

November 6, 2015 | Thomas Wackerman

So what’s trending in the state’s real estate? Some segments are doing better than others, but it’s all better than during the recession.

Detroit students unfairly pay the price for the district’s debts

Detroit students unfairly pay the price for the district’s debts

November 5, 2015 | Craig Thiel

Roughly 40 percent of state funds meant to educate Detroit students are being diverted to service past debts incurred by the district. This is not fair to a big city student population already ranked last in the nation.

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