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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
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- Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.
Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.
The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.
This isn’t the sort of program you hear a lot about. But it’s the kind of program that makes a difference.
Bill McGraw has written about metro Detroit’s history for decades, but few stories have stirred as much controversy as an article about Henry Ford’s public campaign to stir anti-Semitism
It doesn’t get headlines like potholes, but water infrastructure also needs to be fixed.
The money the state is spending for utility lines to a housing development planned by the company of former Republican Chair Bobby Schostak will pay for itself through future taxes, says a former associate in the company.
Children’s car seats, cookware, carpet and takeout containers – almost everything contains PFAS and will until we get serious about eliminating this set of dangerous chemicals.
Politics today is all about who wins and who loses, rather than what’s best for Michigan and the nation.
Thirty-seven states have policies that encourage development of electric vehicles. Michigan isn’t one of them. That needs to change.
High wages and a better economy are dependent upon the state increasing the number of college grads.
Students across Michigan now rely on campus food pantries. Worrying about your next meal is not what college is supposed to be about.
You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler
Michigan should be focusing on clean energy, rather than building an oil and gas pipeline for a private company.
Outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder and lame duck legislators eviscerated Michigan’s paid sick leave law in December. It may be back on the ballot in 2020.
An executive for the owner of the gas pipeline makes the case for protecting the Straits of Mackinac by encasing it in a tunnel.
Almost everyone today needs some kind of post-high school education. New state leaders should embrace this reality.
We don’t tax groceries. Why do we tax another necessity – fuel for our cars?
Michigan’s senior senator in Washington just pulled off some legislative wizardry: getting bipartisan support for a Farm Bill that increases environmental and conservation protections for her home state.
Last-minute power grabs and watering down initiatives supported by Michigan voters erode civility and respect, says one legislator.
A flurry of anti-environmental bills may make it to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk before he leaves office. It’s Pure Michigan vs. Pure Politics.