"These are the times that try men's souls," an immigrant once wrote.
Thomas Paine was writing of the miserable winter camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where men were defying the king's law and order.
Today there's plenty of misery to go around, much more than can be addressed in one letter.
But, surely, at this hour one that needs to be addressed is health care. Among advanced nations of the world, the United States is the only one that does not have a system of universal health care.
Are these systems perfect? Of course not; they're run by human beings. How do they manage? Why don't we ask?
It may be difficult to wrap our minds around the notion that Americans have anything to learn from anyone. But it might be useful to try.