Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...


A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Jamie Kauffold - January 20th, 2014  

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‘Freedom Sounds’ Highlight 2014 MLK Remembrance Day Event: Featuring live performances from singer/historian Ray Kamalay (left) & the Rodney Whitaker Quintet (Whitaker pictured right) with vocalist Rockelle Fortin (middle) this Monday, January 20 at 5:30pm at the State Theatre, TC. Includes songs composed by legendary folk, blues & jazz artists whose musical message helped shape the history & development of the civil rights movement. Reserve free tickets: www.statetheatretc.org

monday 1/20

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Waives Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Bring your tube for the sledding hill at the Dune Climb, or cross-country ski/snowshoe the trails in the park. www.nps.gov/slbe or 231-326- 5135.

‘Freedom Sounds’ Highlight 2014 MLK Remembrance Day Event: Featuring live performances from singer/historian Ray Kamalay & the Rodney Whitaker Quintet with vocalist Rockelle Fortin. Includes songs composed by legendary folk, blues & jazz artists whose musical message helped shape the history & development of the civil rights movement. 5:30pm, State Theatre, TC. Reserve free tickets: www.statetheatretc.org

Peace Day: In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC offers special programs & activities focused on tolerance & peace from 11am-3pm. www.GreatLakesKids. org or 932-4526.

Free Films at State Theatre, TC for ‘Embrace the Dream’: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 9am; “King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis,” noon; “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” 8pm. www.statetheatretc.org

Building Bridges with Music Program: Part of ‘Embrace the Dream’. State Theatre, TC, 7pm. www.statetheatretc.org

Story Hour: “Pirates”: Hear stories & do activities & a craft. 10am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Auditions for “The Curious Savage”: Roles for six females & five males, ages 20 - 70. 7-9pm, Cooley High School Annex, Cadillac. 231-775-7336 or www.cadillacfootliters.com

Meet Here: Say at the Water Cooler: 7pm, InsideOut Gallery, TC. www.insideoutarttc.com

tuesday 1/21

Auditions for “The Curious Savage”: (See Mon.) North Central Offers Free International Lecture: Shanna Robinson, North Central art professor, will discuss the historical importance of textiles & the situation of the market today. Noon, North Central Michigan College, Petoskey. 231-348-6613.

You Are What You Eat: Free community health talk at 6:30pm, NMC University Center Campus, room 209, TC. RSVP: 933-0069.

Grand Traverse Hiking Club 100 Mile Challenge Celebration: Celebrating those who have completed hiking all 100 miles, sharing tales, showing pictures, & more. All walkers welcome. 7pm, GTCD Nature Center, TC. http://www.northcountrytrail.org/gtr/

Outfitter Speaker: Winter Ecology & Ice Fishing: Maureen Stine, professional environmental educator & owner of Natureology, will unveil the woodland winter story & share best tips & tricks for ice fishing. 7-8:15pm, The Outfitter of Harbor Springs. Admission is food items for Harbor Springs Area Food Pantry. 231-526-2621 or www.outfitterharborsprings.com

Digital Photography with Lisa Lirones: 5pm, Alden District Library. Materials fee, $5. Call to register: 231-331-4318.

wednesday 1/22

Benzie Conservation District’s Annual Report & Meeting: 6:30-8:30pm, Crystal Mountain Resort. Guest speaker Natalie Elkins presents, “Why Outdoor Education Matters”. 231-882-4391.

InterActive Story Time: Featuring “Chickadees At Night” by Bill O. Smith. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org or 932-4526.

Picnic at the Opera: Join host Miriam Pico for northern Michigan’s only Live TV Variety Show. 12- 1pm, City Opera House, TC. This week’s special guests are Kellerville, The Starlets, & Beth Bynum. Free. www.cityoperahouse.org

thursday 1/23

Family Fitness Challenge: Modeled on real Olympic training skills, this challenge is open to families with children ages 4 – 14. This week’s course is “Curling,” land-based version that involves aim, strength, coordination & teamwork. 7pm, John & Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion & Dialysis Center, Petoskey. Cost, $10 per class. 231-487-3440.

Created Equal Film Festival: “Slavery by Another Name,” Dennos Museum Center, TC, 7pm. Free. www.dennosmuseum.org

January Swirl: Featuring food & wines by Pond Hill Farm of Harbor Springs; music by Michelle Chenard; three exhibits will be open: Annual Juried Photography Show, Molson Art Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations, & the Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild. 5:30-7pm, Crooked Tree Art Center Galleries, Petoskey. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, when available. 231-347-4337 or www.crookedtree.org

Be the Solution - Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse: Learn the three basic steps to safeguarding your medications within your home to be part of the solution. 4pm, Alden District Library. 231-331-4318.

Nursing & Allied Health Information Session: North Central nursing & allied health faculty will explain the process for admission into the college’s highly competitive nursing & allied health career programs. 4pm, HESC Room 347, North Central Michigan College, Petoskey. 231-348-6600.

The Game’s Afoot: Murder, mayhem, drama & dastardly deeds in this Sherlock Holmes-inspired comedy from Ken Ludwig. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 children, $23 seniors/students (Thurs./Sun. only), $20 groups. Student Rush tickets, $12, if available. oldtownplayhouse.com or 947-2210.

Galapagos Islands: Tour the islands as Karen & Chris Rieser share pictures & stories at the Peninsula Community Library, TC at 7pm. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

Benzonia Academy Lecture Series - “Influences & Impact: 19th Century American Theology & the Denominations of the United States” by Dr. Louis Yock: This free lecture is held at 4pm at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, Benzonia. 231-882-5539 or www.benziemuseum.org

An Evening with Jeff Daniels: This Emmy-winning actor, musician & Michigan native returns to City Opera House for a musical performance benefitting City Opera House. Featuring his newest album, Keep It Right Here, & more. 7:30pm. Tickets: $32, $40, $125 for COH Circle Seats (includes private after party with Jeff Daniels). www.cityoperahouse.org

Painter/Photographer Paul Rose: Doing his winter residency at Glen Arbor Art Association, Rose will talk about his work & experiences at this public presentation at 7:30pm at the Glen Arbor Art Association. 231-334-6112.

friday 1/24

Created Equal Film Festival: “The Loving Story,” Dennos Museum Center, TC, 7pm. Free. www.dennosmuseum.org

Lake Cadillac Pond Hockey Classic: Takes place in front of Sands Resort, Cadillac. 231-779-9520.

Noquemanon Ski Marathon: Featuring a race from Ishpeming to Marquette. Includes 50K & 24K classic & freestyle, 50K snow bike, & 15-mile snowshoe races. Info: noquemanon.com

Toddler Time: Presents “Fishful Thinking”. Feed live fish, play fishy games & more. 10amnoon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org or 932-4526.

Chance to Dance: Variety of music styles, singles & couples welcome. 10pm - 12am, NMC, Phys. Ed. building, room 120, TC. $5 at the door. 231-499-9793.

Steppin’ In It & Friends: Steppin’ In It combines old-time country, swing & blues to bring their own brand of roots to the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $10. 929-3254.

The Game’s Afoot: (See Thurs.)

Robert Emmet Society Celebrates Scotland’s Poet Robert Burns: Burns is known as Scotland’s national poet with such famous works as “A Red, Red Rose,” “Tam O’Shanter” and “Auld Lang Syne”. Poetry reading of Burn’s works, as well as works written by the Irish patriot Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County. Guests of the dinner will be invited to read their own original poems in the spirit of the literary theme of the night. The dinner includes a taste of the Scottish dish haggis, as well as bagpipes & Celtic-themed music by The Hooligans. 6-9pm, City Park Grill, Petoskey. Cost, $10. 231-347-0101.

Live Music with Guitarist Joe LaBonte: 8:30- 10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

TC Chamber’s Annual Celebration 2014: Celebrate, honor our stars, connect with friends & inspire our community. Includes dancing with Judy Harrison & SwingShift. 5:30-9pm, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. Ticket info: http://tcchamber.org/events-and-programs/annual-celebration/

Luncheon Lecture: Court School: Emmet County Probate Court Judge Fred Mulhauser will speak about the school he created for students whose brushes with the law barred them from conventional classrooms. 11:30am-1pm, North Central Michigan College, Library Conference Center, Petoskey. Cost, $10, lunch included. 231-348-6600.

Family Dinner & a Movie Night: Featuring “Mini Witch Friday”. Dinner (pizza) is $5; movie, free. 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. 231-526-0610.

saturday 1/25

Blissfest Winter Concert Series Presents River Whyless: This North Carolina band plays folk-rock, nature-pop & baroque-folk at 8pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Advance tickets: $21.50 adults, $11.50 students. https://blissfest.org/tickets/river-whyless-adult

Created Equal Film Festival: “Freedom Riders,” Dennos Museum Center, TC, 7pm. www.dennosmuseum.org

Lake Cadillac Pond Hockey Classic: (See Fri.)

Chippewa Run Hike: Join Conservancy Docents Lou Ricord & JoAnne Gerben for a snowshoe at the Chippewa Run Natural Area in Empire. Meet at Empire’s recycling center on Fisher St. off Lacore St. to start the hike at 1pm. http://www.lelandmi.com/events/calendar.html?year=2014&month=1& day=25

Camp Daggett Torchlight Snowshoe: 5-9pm, Camp Daggett, Petoskey. Sponsored by Bearcub Outfitters. Free. 231-347-9742 or www.campdaggett.org Noquemanon Ski Marathon: (See Fri.)

Just Us! Animating You and Me: Local artist & animator Anne Morningstar leads an animation workshop for adults & kids at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey from 9:30am-12:30pm. www.crookedtree.org

The Game’s Afoot: (See Thurs.)

Poet Signing: Maril Garrison, “A Passion for Poetry”: 2-4pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Steppin’ In It & Friends: Steppin’ In It combines old-time country, swing & blues to bring their own brand of roots. Freshwater Art Gallery, Boyne City, 8pm. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 door. Info: 231-582-2588.

Seraph Adalian Love & Faith Intensive with Beverly Heinz, Teacher of Seraphic Wisdom: “A Portal to Angelic Wisdom”. 10am-6pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805 or www.higherselfbookstore.com

Ugly Sweater Party & Benefit for Cyndi Kramer: 5-9pm, Pond Hill Farm, five miles north of downtown Harbor Springs on M119. Suggested $10 donation. 231-526-3276.

Winter Celebration: 3-7pm, Reed’s Pigeon River Preserve, Cheboygan County. Featuring skiing & guided snowshoe tours, Winter Star Stories & more. Presented by The Little Traverse Conservancy. Free. http://landtrust.org/

Chinese New Year Celebration at Mission Point Lighthouse: Enjoy a sleigh ride, hot chocolate, crafts, storytelling & a lighthouse tour. Cost is $7 adults & $5 children (12 and under). Family rates available. Presented by Mission Point Lighthouse & Peninsula Community Library. 12-3pm. www.missionpointlighthouse.com.

Good on Paper!: Late night comedy improv in the Old Town Playhouse Schmuckal Theatre, TC, 11pm. Tickets, $5. oldtownplayhouse.com or 947-2210.

Wild Game/Local Food Potluck & Film Showing: 6pm, Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center, East Jordan. “The Human Planet” will be shown at 7pm. Free. 231-536-0333 or www.Wagbo.org

Boyne City Winterfest: Downtown fun includes skiing, games, sidewalk sales, snow sculptures, chili cook-off, author reading & book signing with John Deckinga, Steppin’ In It concert, live music with Sean Bielby & Adam Engelman, & more. http://www.boynechamber.com/Annual-Events/winterfest.html

sunday 1/26

PEACE Ranch Sponsors Community Equine Education Workshop: “An Introduction to Barefoot Horse Keeping,” 1-4pm, Grand Traverse Civic Center, TC. Suggested donation, $10. 231-649- 0884 or www.peaceranchtc.com

Created Equal Discussion: Is the United States a Post-Racial Society? With Dr. David Pilgrim from the Jim Crow Museum. Dennos Museum Center, TC, 2pm. www.dennosmuseum.org

Funday Sunday: Discover the mystery of kaleidoscopes from 1-3pm at Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org or 932-4526.

Lake Cadillac Pond Hockey Classic: (See Fri.)

The Game’s Afoot: (See Thurs., except today’s performance is at 3pm.)

Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s Peter and the Wolf Family Concert: Featuring a musical instrument petting zoo & other preconcert activities at 2:30pm; concert, 3pm, featuring narrator Kate Botello. City Opera House, TC. Free. 947-7120.

Crooked Tree Youth Orchestra Winter Concert: This year’s theme is “The Great Storm of 1913”. 3- 5pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater, Petoskey. Free. www.crookedtree.org or 231-347-4337.


Celebrating Legends: The Stories of Father Fred & Roy & Ellen Brigman: Jan. 22 - March 15, History Center of Traverse City. $5. traversehistory. org or 995-0313.

Iceskating Games: Held at the ice rink at Harbor Springs’ Sk8 Park on Saturdays through March 15 from 1-3pm. Includes broomball, four corners, pom-pom & more. 231-526-0610.

Great Start Playgroup: Held the fourth Weds. of each month, 10 am, Alden District Library. Bring your preschoolers to play, hear stories & meet new friends.

Snowshoe Hikes: Held every Sat. through end of Feb. with park rangers at 1pm at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire. 231-326-5134, extension 328.

Snowshoe Tours at Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville: See the sculptures & wildlife in the art park, Sundays through Feb. 23 at 2:30pm. Cost, $10. www.michlegacyartpark.org or 231-378-4963.

Earthwork Music Mondays Live: 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Technique Cooking: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at noon; Thurs., 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which goes toward purchase.

East Jordan Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan.

Calling Poetry Submissions: The annual Poets’ Night Out presented by the Traverse Area District Library is now accepting poetry submissions until Jan. 25 for its 2014 public poetry contest on April 27 at the Traverse City Opera House. Visit www. tadl.org/pno2014 for official entry form & submission details.

Village Farmers Market: Saturdays, indoors at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am- 2pm.

Charlevoix Winter Farmers Market: Thursdays, 9am-1pm, Charlevoix Public Library, Community Rooms A & B.

Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9-1, inside Lions Club.

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.-April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.

Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons & food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

Free Yoga: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

“Saturday’s Child”: This story time is for families with children ages 3-7. Featuring songs, stories, finger plays, poems, a craft or other activity, & a snack. Held Saturdays from 3-4pm in the Program Room at Petoskey District Library. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3112.

Meditation & Yoga: Free meditation class at Shanti School of Yoga, TC, every Friday, 7:30pm; free Om Gentle Yoga on Sunday, 10:30am. (Logan's Landing, TC.)

Deep Blue Water Samba School: This community samba drumming class is held the 1st & 3rd Mon. of each month from 7:30-9pm at GT Circuit, TC. Cost: $10 sliding scale. 231-276-2328.

Record Revival Night: Bring your records to Tastes of Black Star Farms, at the Grand Traverse Commons, and listen to tunes while sipping on wine, every Thursday, 6-9pm.

Vinyl Night: Bring records to play every Thursday at Little Fleet, TC, all night.

Out Up North: Watercolor art by Sarah Tule at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix.

Preschool Story Hour: Held Wednesdays at 10am & 1pm at Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Read to Chaz, Therapy Reading Dog: Second & fourth Wednesdays of each month, 4-6pm, Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Mah Jong: Tuesdays, 1-4 pm, Alden District Library. No limit on participants. All levels. Come & learn or come & play.

Gentle Yoga: Gentle instructor Tina Livingston offers yoga basics at the Peninsula Community Library, TC for adults & teens every Weds. at 9:30am. $7 fee. Register: 231-223-7700.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights: Adults are invited to participate in this winter reading club at Peninsula Community Library, TC. Pick up a log & read eight books between now & Spring Equinox (March 20) to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite. Books must be checked out at PCL! 231.223.7700.

Bring in the Little Ones: To move, shake & sing along every Mon. from 10:30-11am at The Little Fleet, TC. Suggested donation, $5. www.thelittlefleet.com

Peepers Nature Preschool: Tuesdays through May 20, 10-11:30am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Featuring stories, crafts, music & discovery activities. Cost, $5. www.natureiscalling.org or 231-941-0960.

PDL Reader’s Theater: Elementary group meets on Mondays, 5:30pm; Teen group, Wednesdays, 5:30pm. Program Room, Petoskey District Library. Reader’s Theater is a form of drama with actors using their voices & upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. 231-758-3123 or www.petoskeylibrary.org

Lil’ Souls Play Group: For moms & kids, birth - 6 years. Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month from 9:30-11:30am at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. www.bponline.org


Tasting the Land of Color: Discover Kaye Krapohl’s new work of still life, water & winter scenes through Feb. 28 at The Box, TC. www.theboxtc.com

2014 Juried Photography Exhibition: Jan. 18 - April 5, Bonfield Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

The Clark Historical Library: On display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey, Jan. 18 - April 5. Featuring 52 original works of art created as book illustrations from the Clark Historical Library’s Molson Art Collection at Central Michigan University. 231-347-4337.

Interlochen Collaborative Exhibit: Designed as part of an “intermester” class at Interlochen, the comparative arts department will work with TC high school students to develop a variety of visual, written, & performance art around the theme “What is home?” Presented as part of “Embrace the Dream”. Held at Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC, Jan. 16-20. www.dennosmuseum.org or 995-1055.

Studio & Pottery Demonstrations: Michiganbased artists will conduct live demonstrations on pottery, tile & jewelry making techniques every Sat. through April 26 from 10am-4pm at Sturgeon River Pottery, Petoskey. Free. 231-347-0590.

“Humble Beginnings: Collagraphs, Relief Prints, Collage”: This art show featuring Beth Bynum is held through Jan. at the City Opera House, TC.

The Blissfest Music Organization invites artists to submit designs to be considered for

the 34th annual Blissfest Music Festival logo. Submissions must be original artwork & of a size easily scalable for a variety of uses including T- shirts & posters. All formats are acceptable, however, digital artwork preferred in a vectored format. Entries must be received by Feb. 1. For more info, visit: www.blissfest.org

“Places I’ve Been: Paintings by Dan Oberschulte”: Held in Rinaldo Hall, Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC from Jan. 3 - March 31.

Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC: Making Paper Dance: The Art of Pop Up Books: Featuring an extensive range of pop-up books from the 1800s to present, lent from private collections & the Special Collections Library, U of M, along with paper sculptural works by U of M paper engineer Matt Schlian. Through April 6.

Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts: Featuring a survey of over 30 works Marston has done, including some of her “Small Studies”. Through April 27. www.dennosmuseum.org

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org.

Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild: Featuring 34 quilts on display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey through Feb. 8. www.crookedtree.org

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop & Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, TC. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447. www.threepinesstudio.com

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village.

Furniture, Fiber & Sculpture Exhibition in Honor of Evelyn Sorenson: Hosted by Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, through Feb. 28. www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or 231-352- 4151.

Call for Art: Community art show, Right Brain Brewery, TC, “Art Bomb,” happening Jan.- March. Visit www.tinyurl.com/artbombtc.com

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