The military base is on a tour through Middletown, stopping to visit the most beautiful, unspoiled land it can find in our city. During the spring it meandered in Maromas, apparently savoring the clean air and water of a beautiful meadow on Freeman Road. This summer it decided to wander in Westfield, drawn by the solitude of small country lanes, the beauty of a farm in continuous operation since 1750, and the extensive wetlands on Boardman Lane. At first, few of Middletown's residents seemed to notice the military base, but this has been changing. At each of the stops on its tour, the military base has been joined by others who also cherish the treasures of Middletown. Some came because they wanted to know if the training facility was going to destroy the beautiful, unspoiled land that is one part of Middletown's treasure. Others came because they wanted to know whether the economic costs to the City would destroy the financial part of Middletown's treasure. At each stop, the military base has had more and more of Middletown's citizens following along. Many of those who at first treasured only the meadows of Maromas now also appreciate the wetlands of Westfield. All of those who treasure the financial strength of our city have followed along. Now the mayor and common council may join other city residents in questioning whether the military base should stay at its current stop in Middletown. The citizens of Middletown will rightly applaud this effort by our elected officials to protect the natural beauty and financial strength of our city. However, this effort is not enough if the mayor and council members become tour guides who steer the military base to another site in Middletown. It is long past time for the mayor and council to guide the military base out of Middletown. It is long past time for the mayor and council to recognize that at every stop on the tour, opposition has grown; if there is another stop on the tour, the opposition will dwarf what has happened at previous stops. Our city has indulged the military base in a tour of our precious resources for long enough.