EDITORíS DESK: If itís not Westside, it ought to be

       OK, I know it's not on the Westside. But Bestway's proposed site for a recyclable processing plant is awful darn close - the merest smidgen of distance east of the interstate; even has Holland Park's Douglas Creek flowing through it - and overall this enterprising plan by the Kiemel brothers seems like a story that should interest plenty of folks over here (not to mention over there). It should provide a measurable boost to the economy, not to mention the smile that will certainly light up Mel McFarland's face when he hears that the Bestway train spur will get some use. On top of all that, the facility's proximity to the Westside will make it easy for us to scoot over there at will with our reams of used paper, empty plastic jugs, all that junk mail and - lest we forget - the 17 or so telephone books that get dropped off during the year nowadays... making sure to return home quickly so as not to catch a fell dose of eastside-itis. But what will be even harder to avoid is getting all cocky and environmental. I might even ride a bicycle!
       Another not-specifically-Westside story this issue is the Police Department's "photo speed van." It just seemed newsworthy to to let our readers know about this latest government capability for catching us being bad. And while we're on that subject, which do you think feels worse - opening a politely worded piece of mail stating that you owe the city $40 because of leadfooting it past the photo van? Or driving along and hearing a siren sound and knowing that the cop with the flashing lights in the rear view mirror is really after you? OK, I'll vote for None of the Above too.
       The election deadline is Tuesday, April 5 - another citywide sort of story - but don't look here for one of those I-don't-care-who-you-vote-for-as-long-as-you-vote appeals. Seriously, if you haven't taken the time to read up on the issues, you shouldn't waste your time or anyone else's. The fact is, lots of candidates love ignorant voters eager to believe they can have the Big Rock Candy Mountain without having to spend a dime. So why sweat the election when instead you can feel all cocky and environmental? By reycling your ballot.

- K.J.