Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Looks Pretty Bad Mr. Hecht...

I gotta tell you, the thing with Robert Hecht and the $480,000 he raked in over the last few years for what amounts to overtime pay literally blew me away.
I backed Eric Rucker in the recent elections. But that was only because I believed Eric Rucker would have had different priorities than Hecht. I believed he would have been a lot tougher on violent criminals which is something I believed we lacked with Robert Hecht. Like I said though, that’s just my opinion. I still had a tremendous amount of respect for Robert Hecht, the man.
He was always the guy you could count on to do the right thing, you know, like keeping politicians in line. We cheered him on when he went after Butch Felker. Remember that? Wasn’t it over something like $700.00 he accused Felker of stealing? He was a hero when he took on and brought down Rita Cline for the scam she tried to get away with. How about when he sued the city over the whole soft-ware, helicopter thing. A lot of people backed him when he finally decided to file charges against one of the off duty officers involved in the Lamas shooting. He was always the guy looking out for us. You know, the tax payer. And because he operated without “favor or fear,” if you were a crooked politician, you’d better look out. Sooner or later, you’d have to deal with Robert Hecht and he rarely ever lost.
I’m not even going to pretend to know whether what he did was legal or not. By all rights, it probably was. But I think to most of us, it’s about what’s right. Mr. Hecht, we trusted that you were doing the right thing without question.
I don’t know, maybe we shouldn’t be all that surprised. I mean look, people in power do it all the time. What do you think’s brought our economy to such a grinding halt? Greed. Everybody’s in on it. CEO’s all across the country have brought their companies to their knees by squeezing them for everything they could get for themselves in the shortest time possible.
Greed was responsible for us having to pay $4.00 for a gallon of gas a few months ago. It’s a little scary to know just how much damage a few speculators with tons of cash to invest can do. Same thing with the housing industry. Come on, who didn’t see that coming? Did people really believe the prices of houses were just keep going up forever. Banks didn’t care whether the people they were loaning money to could repay it or not. They just sold off the mortgages at bulk prices so they were going to get their money no matter what. Sooner or later it had to come crashing in.
It’s kind of the same way here, isn’t it. Mr. Hecht had to know that sooner or later this was going to come out. That’s why I say what he was doing will probably pass the legal test. You can say what you want about Robert Hecht but you can‘t say he doesn‘t know the law. He knew exactly what he could legally get away with.
It’s all about choices we make. Mr. Hecht, you could have chosen to stay above the fray and walked away from office with your head held high, knowing that you still had the respect of the people you represented.
Mr. Hecht, I know it sounds like I’m jumping to conclusions here. I guess for that, I apologize. And I know we haven’t heard your side of the story yet. But I gotta yell you, from this side it looks pretty bad. To a lot people it looks like you're no better than some of the people you were supposedly bringing to justice. And because of that sir, you’ve let a lot of people down.
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  1. I agree with you Kevin. He probably didn't break any laws. But someone trusted to uphold the law should know the difference between right and wrong. Screwing the taxpayers that voted you in just to fill your pockets a little more is clearly wrong. You can tell that he knew it was wrong because he started small and kept building up the amount he took. I think instead of jail if he is guilty he should work off his extra "pay" by filling potholes in the city. Call it community service.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to respond Anonymous. Now maybe someone else out there has something to add to the discussion...

  3. kevin, i agree hecht let the whole city of topeka down.

  4. We're on a roll now. Thanks for chiming in n.