Letter: Burr took right steps after questions arose

Published 10:56 pm Monday, March 23, 2020

I have known Sen. Richard Burr for more than 30 years. In my opinion, there is not a more honest, conscientious, hard-working public official in Washington than our senior senator.

I believe him when he says that he sold part of his stock portfolio based on the public knowledge that the coronavirus in China was likely (and has) to spread to the United States. It was not his place to warn us about the potential danger.

Being the honest person that he is, he immediately asked the bipartisan U. S. Senate ethics committee to do a complete investigation of this important issue.

That is apparently not enough for those political adversaries who are calling for his immediate resignation and even time in prison based on incomplete information. More of the partisanship we don’t need during this critical time in our nation’s history.

— Phil Kirk