Thorns for the apparent end to the pet parade and decorated vehicles parade held each Fourth of July in downtown Salem. It began years ago at Memorial Park and recently has been held along South Broadway. Very popular with kids. Mary Lou?Popa, a disgusted Mary Lou Popa, was the longtime organizer. She informs us she will no longer be involved. That is a bummer because outside of the fireworks show held the night before, that means there isn't a July 4-related event planned for our fair city. "This is pathetic for a city the size of Salem, she said. Popa thanked donors over the years including the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce which paid for trophies; Atty. Geoff Goll who provided Twin Cinema tickets; and, Herron Foods which supplied potato chips for the goody bags provided to each participating child. Candy in each of those 50 or so bags was provided by Popa with money out of her own pocket. She thanked her "faithful"?judges including Bob Merry, Elizabeth Thatcher and B.J. Abrams. She thanked this newspaper for its coverage. She is bitter. "If you want to see a real Fourth of July Day and fireworks, go to Columbiana where everyone cooperates. I got no cooperation from the (Salem) administration - council members, etc. How sad!" She is right because it is the kids who enjoy dollying up their pets and decorating their bikes who are going to lose out. It's still two weeks until the Fourth. Maybe some other civic-minded individual or group will step up.