New London is blessed to have a state representative, Ernest Hewett, who exemplifies more than any other politico I have ever seen the Franklin-Jeffersonian ideal of a public office-holder keeping track of his constituency's pulse. As the progeny of genius our democracy is a peerless temporal gift. Yet the most glaringly ignored aspect of our self-government is the intent to have it function as a two-way street providing equal feedback between rulers and ruled. Unfortunately our sundry governments invariably operate as one-way, top-to-bottom entities far removed from the intent of our Founding Fathers.
Ernest Hewett, however, keeps that noble Franklin-Jeffersonian precept alive in New London. It is impossible to imagine any other politico investing as much time as Rep. Hewett does in seeking out random groups of constituents to consort with. It is obvious to even the most casual observer that "Ernie" heeds his fortuitously encountered constituents with 100 percent concentration.
I am unqualified to endorse Rep. Hewett's re-election candidacy due to my own sorry ignorance about local issues. However, it is absolutely certain that as far as what his people are thinking and saying is concerned we will never again see another Ernie Hewett.