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 Ron French at rfrench@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Grand Rapids is addressing legacy costs

Grand Rapids is addressing legacy costs

April 8, 2014 | Gregory Sundstrom

A remarkable transformation has taken place in Grand Rapids, with the city cutting costs and controlling pension and health-care obligations

To combat child obesity, Michigan needs more phys ed

To combat child obesity, Michigan needs more phys ed

April 8, 2014 | Mike Maisner

Michigan schools have no minimum requirement for for K-8 physical education. A pending bill would require younger children to receive at least 90 minutes of phys ed a week.

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

April 3, 2014 | Kathy Hayes

The public wants school board members to receive the training and professional development to make good decisions on behalf of our students. Currently, Michigan does not require such training for board members.

Albion High slighted in Bridge article

Albion High slighted in Bridge article

April 1, 2014 | Ashlin Tabiadon

Don’t tell me my teachers at Albion High did not teach me anything! I worked my butt off to accomplish the things that I did in school, including being accepted to college.

Asking the questions that impact students

Asking the questions that impact students

April 1, 2014 | Michael Rice

In the political debate over the level of school funding in Michigan, one conclusion is clear: fewer resources are finding their way to the classroom than in years past.

Don’t roll back Michigan no-fault insurance protections

Don’t roll back Michigan no-fault insurance protections

March 27, 2014 | Chuck Fellows

Michigan should continue to cover long-term medical expenses for accident victims with catastrophic injuries.

Grand Rapids must deal with its debt

Grand Rapids must deal with its debt

March 20, 2014 | Jacob Ignatoski

If Grand Rapids wants to avoid the kind of financial crisis afflicting Detroit, it must begin to deal decisively with the pension and healthcare debts that are weighing the city down.

There’s economic power in Michigan’s creative industries

There’s economic power in Michigan’s creative industries

March 18, 2014 | Jennifer Goulet, Mark Murray

Creative industries add more than $3 billion and 75,000 jobs to the state’s economy; something to remember in funding school arts programs.

For Sunshine Week, more governmental transparency, please

For Sunshine Week, more governmental transparency, please

March 14, 2014 | Charles Hill

Openness in public affairs is a cause that crosses party lines and ideologies. The Michigan Coalition for Open Government was formed to support and encourage it.

Community partnerships to attack Michigan mental health crisis

Community partnerships to attack Michigan mental health crisis

March 13, 2014 | Larissa N. Niec, Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich

Michigan has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the nation, particularly in rural areas, yet does not have adequate access to mental health services. When care is available, it is more likely to succeed when specialists work with stakeholders in the community.

Surgery, therapy effective against obesity; more should get both

Surgery, therapy effective against obesity; more should get both

March 11, 2014 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Michigan is one of the fattest states in the nation. If we are truly going to tackle obesity and reduce related human suffering and healthcare costs, shouldn’t we focus on things we know work (intensive behavioral therapy and bariatric surgery) and make them widely available to the people who need help most?

For one firefighter, ignorance about public safety burns

For one firefighter, ignorance about public safety burns

March 9, 2014 | Larry Sybesma

A Bridge columnist questioned the money spent on fire protection, and readers responded with flamethrowers. This is only one of them.

Ignore 'reformers,' U.S. schools doing just fine

Ignore 'reformers,' U.S. schools doing just fine

March 6, 2014 | Al Churchill

Education reformers claim U.S. students are falling behind students in top nations. Actually, U.S. schools where there is little poverty are matching schools in Finland, Japan and Korea. The problem is poverty, not our public schools.

Spring Lake Township proud of Excellence Award

Spring Lake Township proud of Excellence Award

March 3, 2014 | John Nash

This Ottawa County township was the only township in Michigan to meet all criteria for governance set by the Michigan Township Association in its Township of Excellence award.

To increase ‘college’ attainment, broaden the definition

To increase ‘college’ attainment, broaden the definition

February 24, 2014 | Brandy Johnson

When a student decides to pursue a professional certificate or associate degree in a technical field after high school, we should celebrate that as a college completion, and not confine the term to those students attending a four-year university.

Michigan students need high-quality literacy programs

Michigan students need high-quality literacy programs

February 20, 2014 | Kary Moss

In a state where fewer than 1-in-3 children are proficient readers, Michigan leaders need expert advice on how to solve this critical problem.

Education policy makes schools hard to fund

Education policy makes schools hard to fund

February 17, 2014 | Paul Ruth

One way to ensure more state funding goes into the classroom is to enroll more charter schools in the pension system

College may not be the right choice for all high school grads

College may not be the right choice for all high school grads

February 12, 2014 | Glenda Price

While nearly every student needs some education after high school, four-year colleges, with their high costs and dropout rates, aren’t always the answer. We need to pay more attention to skilled trades and other options.

Lies, damn lies and education funding

Lies, damn lies and education funding

February 10, 2014 | Mitch Bean

In the debate over whether Gov. Snyder raised or cut state education funding in his first term, both sides can claim accuracy. But accuracy does not always equal truth. A former House Fiscal Agency director breaks down the complicated world of school finance, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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