S.C. lawmakers should pass an ethics reform bill before making decisions about gambling casinos and offshore drilling. South Carolina does not require public officials to disclose private sources of income.

I believe Gov. Nikki Haley is absolutely right: The ethics reform bill needs truly independent investigations of elected officials. Lawmakers did not pass a recent bill because they want the right to investigate themselves.

Elected officials serve the public and should be required to disclose all conflicts of interest.

RICHARD B. FOWLER

Copahee Road

Mount Pleasant