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 | I study PFAS in Michigan. Trust me, they are everywhere

Opinion | I study PFAS in Michigan. Trust me, they are everywhere

February 5, 2019 | Gillian Zaharias Miller

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.

Opinion | Lansing should focus on solving problems, not securing ‘wins’

Opinion | Lansing should focus on solving problems, not securing ‘wins’

January 31, 2019 | Fred Keller

Politics today is all about who wins and who loses, rather than what’s best for Michigan and the nation.

Opinion | New Michigan governor, lawmakers should boost electric vehicle market

Opinion | New Michigan governor, lawmakers should boost electric vehicle market

January 23, 2019 | Anne Kelly, Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Thirty-seven states have policies that encourage development of electric vehicles. Michigan isn’t one of them. That needs to change.

Opinion | Talent should be the top priority for Michigan’s new leaders

Opinion | Talent should be the top priority for Michigan’s new leaders

January 22, 2019 | Daniel Hurley

High wages and a better economy are dependent upon the state increasing the number of college grads.

Opinion | College students shouldn’t have to choose between tuition and food

Opinion | College students shouldn’t have to choose between tuition and food

January 18, 2019 | Carmel Price, Natalie Sampson

Students across Michigan now rely on campus food pantries. Worrying about your next meal is not what college is supposed to be about.

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

Opinion | It’s time for less testing, more funding for Michigan schools

January 17, 2019 | Ron Koehler

You can’t fatten a hog just by weighing it more often, says Ron Koehler

Opinion | Enbridge is wrong, and Line 5 is wrong for Michigan

Opinion | Enbridge is wrong, and Line 5 is wrong for Michigan

January 16, 2019 | David Holtz

Michigan should be focusing on clean energy, rather than building an oil and gas pipeline for a private company.

Opinion | Paid sick leave may be gutted in Michigan, but it’s coming back

Opinion | Paid sick leave may be gutted in Michigan, but it’s coming back

January 10, 2019 | Gilda Jacobs, Sherry Leiwant, Vicki Shabo

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.

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel makes sense and saves jobs for Michigan

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel makes sense and saves jobs for Michigan

January 8, 2019 | Mike Moeller

An executive for the owner of the gas pipeline makes the case for protecting the Straits of Mackinac by encasing it in a tunnel.

Opinion | Congrats on your high school graduation. Now go to college!

Opinion | Congrats on your high school graduation. Now go to college!

January 3, 2019 | Ashley Johnson

Almost everyone today needs some kind of post-high school education. New state leaders should embrace this reality.

Opinion | Want to help Michigan’s poor and middle class? Scrap the gas tax

Opinion | Want to help Michigan’s poor and middle class? Scrap the gas tax

December 20, 2018 | Al Churchill

We don’t tax groceries. Why do we tax another necessity – fuel for our cars?

Opinion | Environmental issues just got a boost. You can thank Debbie Stabenow

Opinion | Environmental issues just got a boost. You can thank Debbie Stabenow

December 19, 2018 | Andy Buchsbaum

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.

Opinion | Michigan’s lame duck session is why voters hate politics

Opinion | Michigan’s lame duck session is why voters hate politics

December 19, 2018 | Sarah Anthony

Last-minute power grabs and watering down initiatives supported by Michigan voters erode civility and respect, says one legislator.

Opinion | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

Opinion | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

December 14, 2018 | Mike Shriberg

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.

Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

December 14, 2018 | Mike Staebler

A state commission to be judge and jury over campaign finance violations would be a disaster just like the Federal Elections Commission. Mike Staebler says he knows: his father was on the original FEC.

Opinion | Here’s how to keep Michigan water clean and affordable

Opinion | Here’s how to keep Michigan water clean and affordable

December 13, 2018 | Jaimien Delp

In a Pure Michigan treatise, an advocacy group lays out a plan to protect our water. If only our leaders would pay attention.

Opinion | C’mon, Michigan. Don’t get hysterical about ‘tree police’ bill

Opinion | C’mon, Michigan. Don’t get hysterical about ‘tree police’ bill

December 12, 2018 | Tom Casperson

In a guest column, State Sen. Tom Casperson makes his case for barring communities from regulating the removal of trees.

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

December 11, 2018 | John Austin

Michigan voters elected Gretchen Whitmer, and she shouldn’t have her hands tied by outgoing Republicans, says the former president of the State Board of Education.

Opinion | Protect Michigan’s environment by passing these two bills

Opinion | Protect Michigan’s environment by passing these two bills

December 6, 2018 | Helen Taylor

Two bills that have support from the Michigan Chamber to The Nature Conservatory deserve the legislature’s support

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

December 4, 2018 | Casandra Ulbrich

The co-president of the State Board of Education takes a meat cleaver to a bill that would grade schools like they were fifth-graders.

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