It's not for the planning commissioners to judge because we don't set the policy [as the council does], we just interpret the policy.

The 'Pancakes & Politics' series is designed to attract a diverse group of policy and decision makers in Southeast Michigan to generate dialogue and debate around the issues that affect the economic and social well-being of the community. The series' overall goal is to provoke thought and generate new ideas in various sectors that will continue to push our community forward.

I'm proud of what he did. Suppose he hadn't given her a job? He at least gave her a job so she could survive. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the congressman.

Without question, Mayor Kilpatrick and Oakland County Executive Patterson personify the tremendous opportunities and challenges this region faces in the areas of economic development, regionalism and our ongoing struggles with race relations. We look forward to constructive dialogue on these issues that are critical to the region's progress.