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 | Give visas to skilled immigrants in places Michigan is stagnant

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Opinion | Don’t let the summer sun melt academic gains

Opinion | Don’t let the summer sun melt academic gains

June 21, 2019 | Jamey Fitzpatrick

Students lose about a month of learning over the course of the summer. There are ways to stop that brain drain.

Opinion | Shiny new sports stadiums a loser for Michigan taxpayers

Opinion | Shiny new sports stadiums a loser for Michigan taxpayers

June 19, 2019 | Chris Douglas

Every time a new taxpayer-supported sports stadium is built, the public is promised economic development. When will we learn?

Opinion | Michigan high schools should require college financial aid literacy

Opinion | Michigan high schools should require college financial aid literacy

June 14, 2019 | Darrin Camilleri

Rep. Darrin Camilleri may not have been able to afford college if he didn’t figure out how to fill out a federal financial aid form called the FAFSA. He’s now pushing to make the form a high school requirement.

Opinion | Michigan needs to decide what kind of state it wants to be

Opinion | Michigan needs to decide what kind of state it wants to be

June 10, 2019 | Charlie Mahoney

The state is at a crossroads. It’s time to put our money where our mouth is.

Opinion | Please, Gov. Whitmer, fix Benton Harbor High. Don’t close it.

Opinion | Please, Gov. Whitmer, fix Benton Harbor High. Don’t close it.

June 7, 2019 | Tiffany Tilley

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to close the high school in Benton Harbor because of low academic achievement and high debt. A State Board of Education member (and fellow Democrat) makes a case for investing in the struggling district, rather than closing the high school.

Opinion | Special assessments are a tax by another name

Opinion | Special assessments are a tax by another name

June 7, 2019 | Eric Lupher

You probably don’t know you’re paying it. You probably shouldn’t be paying it.

Opinion | Michigan needs vote-by-mail elections

Opinion | Michigan needs vote-by-mail elections

June 4, 2019 | Walt Sorg

Voting by mail increases participation and deceases cost. That sounds like a win-win for the state.

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