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

MSU Dean: Obama’s free college plan is not best path to a degree

MSU Dean: Obama’s free college plan is not best path to a degree

January 29, 2015 | Donald Heller

Where will the money come from? Why would Republicans embrace it? Wouldn’t aid be better spent on only those students who truly need help? Too many questions for now.

Michigan criminal code encroaching on civil liberties

Michigan criminal code encroaching on civil liberties

January 29, 2015 | Neil Rockind

New, get-tough laws requiring DNA swabs or field sobriety tests from people who have not yet been convicted stretch the limits of government power.

Conflict is inevitable in policy debates. An outside facilitator can help forge agreement.

Conflict is inevitable in policy debates. An outside facilitator can help forge agreement.

January 27, 2015 | Daniel Cherrin

A neutral, third-party can help public officials get beyond ideology, ensure all sides are heard and help opposing parties focus on the policy implications of critical issues.

Obama’s right, higher education should be available to all

Obama’s right, higher education should be available to all

January 20, 2015 | Chuck Wilbur

President Obama’s proposal for free community college tuition builds on the reality behind the Kalamazoo Promise: that a high school degree is no longer enough to earn a decent, family-supporting income.

Give Michigan townships a say in oil and gas drilling

Give Michigan townships a say in oil and gas drilling

January 15, 2015 | Christine Green

When an oil-drilling rig showed up one day in suburban Scio, the township realized its powers were limited. A township trustee offers a modest solution.

With recession over, time to reinvest in people and services

With recession over, time to reinvest in people and services

January 9, 2015 | Gilda Jacobs

It’s a new year, and Michigan policymakers have made some promising moves. But more needs to be done, especially for children, to bring the state back.

Unique collaboration promotes regional economic development

Unique collaboration promotes regional economic development

January 8, 2015 | Arnold Weinfeld

The I-69 International Trade Corridor shows how Michigan can benefit when dozens of municipalities and county governments work together.

Most college-bound students don’t apply to enough schools

Most college-bound students don’t apply to enough schools

January 6, 2015 | Brandy Johnson

In response to a Bridge article on some students who apply to many colleges, Brandy Johnson of MCAN notes that studies show most college-bound students apply to fewer than two schools. For too many students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the application process can be daunting.

Forget hibernation, Michigan: Snow-day tourism is worth bundling up for

Forget hibernation, Michigan: Snow-day tourism is worth bundling up for

January 4, 2015 | David West

Fat-tire snow biking and dog-sled mushers join the crowds heading for snowy landscapes. Their wallets are an important factor in fueling local economies, too.

Michigan manufacturing needs women -- all the way up the corner office

Michigan manufacturing needs women -- all the way up the corner office

January 2, 2015 | David E. Cole

It’s not just a matter of diversifying a male-dominated field. Changing the way the industry works will require women leaders, and the unique way they work with others.

An appalling Court of Appeals decision cries out for reversal

An appalling Court of Appeals decision cries out for reversal

December 30, 2014 | Kary Moss

Michigan, the court says, has an obligation only to provide a school for students to attend. Whether they actually learn anything? Not the state’s concern.

Rule change for vaccine exemptions unlikely to help compliance rates

Rule change for vaccine exemptions unlikely to help compliance rates

December 29, 2014 | Mark Largent

Paradoxically, the more we bombard vaccine-wary parents with information, the harder they resist immunizing their children. What works? Good relations with doctors, something out of the state’s control.

The political class doesn’t like term limits, but the public does

The political class doesn’t like term limits, but the public does

December 24, 2014 | Bonnie Burke, Rina Baker

If term limits are as bad as those seeking reform would have us believe, why did a measure to extend them to local officials pass in Grand Rapids?

PRO ‘Dark money’ is a euphemism for free speech, like it or not

PRO ‘Dark money’ is a euphemism for free speech, like it or not

December 22, 2014 | Richard D. McLellan

Even those who exercise their influence with money deserve anonymity if they so desire; it's a way to protect free expression, even in politics.

CON We live in the Ground Zero of dark money. Does that bother anyone?

CON We live in the Ground Zero of dark money. Does that bother anyone?

December 22, 2014 | Rich Robinson

Transparency was supposed to keep unlimited campaign spending honest. But transparency hasn’t happened.

CON Some communities see religious-freedom bill as setback for progress

CON Some communities see religious-freedom bill as setback for progress

December 15, 2014 | Nathan Triplett

One Michigan mayor says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would undermine communities like East Lansing, which strive to be opening, welcome and diverse.

PRO Religious-freedom act would protect Michigan people of faith

PRO Religious-freedom act would protect Michigan people of faith

December 15, 2014 | Ari Adler

The RFRA is based on a federal law passed in 1993. Its opponents here are using outlandish claims to spread fear about its potential effect here.

CON Michigan's Electoral College split: A spiteful rule change

CON Michigan's Electoral College split: A spiteful rule change

December 12, 2014 | Rep. Harold Haugh

If Republicans are so concerned about proportion and fairness, why are plans to change the way votes are divided only being considered in blue states with red-dominated legislatures?

PRO Michigan's Electoral College split: A return to relevancy

PRO Michigan's Electoral College split: A return to relevancy

December 12, 2014 | Rep. Pete Lund

Winner-take-all robs the state of true relevancy in presidential election years. Restoring it is a matter of making the state more competitive.

For teens, what a skilled trades career looks like

For teens, what a skilled trades career looks like

December 9, 2014 | Dave Adams

New guides help Michigan teens and young adults envision a path to dozens of well-paying skilled trades careers that don’t require a four-year college education.

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