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 Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.


Bill Gelineau: Michigan has a choice. Why not a Libertarian?

November 3, 2018 | Bill Gelineau

Cutting spending on prisons and Pure Michigan advertising are two of the ideas of Michigan’s third major-party candidate for governor.

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel is good for Michigan workers

November 2, 2018 | Steve Claywell

Something that often gets lost in the fight over the Line 5 tunnel is how many good construction jobs for Michigan workers will be created, says the president of the Michigan Building Trades and Construction Council.

Opinion | Healthy workers will keep the Michigan economy growing

October 31, 2018 | Ali Ramlawi

Paid sick leave helps workers AND the economy. Don’t let the Legislature gut the new paid leave law, begs a restaurant owner.

Opinion | Yes, Michigan’s roads are bad. But help is on the way

October 31, 2018 | Matthew Haworth

The extra money we’re spending now on roads will make a noticeable difference in a few years, says a Michigan business executive.

Opinion | Polls are sometimes wrong. We know. We study polls

October 30, 2018 | Simon Schuster

Polls are getting less accurate, say MSU researchers. They advise a careful reading of polls to understand the range of results they represent.

Opinion | College students have the power to change elections. Will they?

October 29, 2018 | Ben Ratner

At the University of Michigan alone, more than 30,000 students didn’t vote in 2014, the last election year for Michigan governor. If students start voting, candidates will pay attention.

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel is a huge improvement. Construction needs to start yesterday

October 25, 2018 | Anthony England

Anthony England has worked on thorny problems before at NASA, and he’s convinced that the tunnel under the straits is a solution that is overdue.

Opinion | Michigan schools, businesses and unions must align in talent race

October 24, 2018 | Doug Smith

Parents and students must demand relevant experiential learning environments that lead to in-demand jobs.

Opinion | John Engler asks governor hopefuls if they support colleges

October 22, 2018 | John Engler

State financial support to higher education in Michigan has dropped precipitously since John Engler was governor. Now, MSU’s interim president challenges candidates on their plans.

Opinion | Lansing, please don’t hurt Michigan drivers with bad traffic laws

October 18, 2018 | Jim Walker

A basketful of bad bills threaten to drive Michigan drivers crazy.

Opinion | A tunnel for Line 5 is good news – for Canadians

October 17, 2018 | Jim Lively

Gov. Rick Snyder got suckered by Enbridge into a deal that doesn’t protect the Great Lakes for years, and financially benefits only the Canadian oil industry, not Michigan residents.

Opinion | Fed tax cut will benefit Michigan utility customers

October 16, 2018 | Rachael Eubanks

About $380 million in rate relief has already been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, with more cuts on the way

Opinion | Would my grandfather be allowed into the U.S. today? Would yours?

October 16, 2018 | Steve Tobocman

Look at the data, and you’ll see how much immigrants contribute to Michigan’s economy, and the state’s future.

Opinion | Michigan no-fault insurance helps doctors, lawyers, not drivers

October 11, 2018 | Dyck Van Koevering

Michigan drivers pay the highest insurance rates in the nation. That’s not going to change without reforms to the no-fault insurance system.

Opinion | Redistricting proposal is confusing and bad for Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Tony Daunt

Prop 2 would be a disaster for Michigan, says Tony Daunt of the Michigan Freedom Fund.

Opinion | I’m a doctor, and recreational pot is bad for Michigan

October 9, 2018 | Donald Condit

Marijuana legalization in other states has been a disaster, claims a Michigan surgeon.

Opinion | Michigan’s next governor must lead, not follow special interests

October 8, 2018 | Tom Watkins

The next governor has an opportunity – and a responsibility – to address problems that have festered for decades in our polarized politics

Opinion | Dental therapists won’t improve health care for Michigan’s most vulnerable

October 3, 2018 | Debra Peters

A bill before the Michigan Legislature would expand dental care providers to include therapists to improve access to the poor and disabled. But those populations are exactly the people who need real dentists.

Opinion | Michigan social studies standards shouldn’t sugarcoat history

October 1, 2018 | Brian Gutman, Lauren Hubbard

The controversial changes proposed for Michigan’s history books hurt the education of our children.

Opinion | Michigan needs more post-high school education, says state superintendent

September 27, 2018 | Sheila Alles

More high school grads are earning degrees and certificates, but we’re still below the national average.