Everyone is feeling the pain of high fuel costs, from private households to businesses both large and small. Fuel costs are draining our budgets. We must reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. The decision to drill for natural gas and oil will most definitely come down to the discretion of each state. We need leaders in our legislature that are willing to make educated assessments based on quality data that will benefit our citizens. We have the intellectual capacity in our state and nation to create alternate fuel sources and establish a timeline for reducing our foreign oil dependence. If that will mean responsible drilling off our North Carolina coast, Norman will support that measure.