The Word from Lansing

Public policy in our state from the Michigan Catholic Conference

Elections — and your vote — matter

Paul A. Long

Two important dates are quickly approaching this summer. Monday, July 9, is the last day individuals can register to vote prior to the Michigan primary election, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7. Why are these dates significant? Because voting matters. Elections have the potential to transform the institutions and issues people care about, including…

Church offers food for thought on vaccines, common good

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that cases of measles increased four-fold in Europe during 2017, totaling more than 21,000 incidents. Large-scale outbreaks affected approximately one in four European countries. Often characterized by fever and rashes, measles is highly infectious and can lead to complications such as ear infections, hearing loss, pneumonia or…