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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) has sponsored a bill in the state Senate to designate US 17 as US Marine Corps Highway. The bill calls for $100,000 of Department of Transportation funds be allocated to pay for signage for the road.

The bill calls for the entire highway, which hugs the coast from the Virginia state line to the South Carolina state line and passes through Camp Lejeune, receive the name.

Goolsby, a Marine Corps veteran who represents New Hanover County, is sponsoring the bill with fellow Republican senators Harry Brown, who represents Onlsow and Jones counties, and Jean Preston, who serves Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …I’ll have to assume that you are either a drop-dead, gorgeous female or one of those guys who just comes across as the Southern end of a Northbound horse, and unconsciously BEGS to be punched.

    I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you’re a babe, and that their harrassment was most likely just over-zealous attention inspired by your looks.

  • GuestV

    I used to be a downtown patron until I was consistently harrassed by Marines. Now I frequent the beach scene.
    Perhaps the learned mentality of killing your fellow man makes then socially inept. If the few could control thier behaviour and temper not all Marines would get a bad rap.

  • Guest

    Don’t try to weasel out of what you meant at first Thom….most of us already know what you meant but now since there’s a backlash against your proposal you’re trying to say I meant I won’t replace any signs that are in good repair….good try Thom, better luck with your next stupid idea/proposal.

  • ThomGoolsby

    As a former Marine, my desire in this PROPOSED legislation is to honor our Marine Corps and its brave warriors. I will not vote for any legislation regarding signage that replaces functioning signs in good repair. When signs are replaced, we want the new ones to honor the Marine Corps. If the legislation starts to turn into a spend-fest, I will be the first to oppose it.

  • ThomGoolsby

    As a former Marine, my desire in this PROPOSED legislation is to honor our Marine Corps and its brave warriors. I will not vote for any legislation regarding signage that replaces functioning signs in good repair. When signs are replaced, we want the new ones to honor the Marine Corps. If the legislation starts to turn into a spend-fest, I will be the first to oppose it.

  • ThomGoolsby

    As a former Marine, my desire in this PROPOSED legislation is to honor our Marine Corps and its brave warriors. I will not vote for any legislation regarding signage that replaces functioning signs in good repair. When signs are replaced, we want the new ones to honor the Marine Corps. If the legislation starts to turn into a spend-fest, I will be the first to oppose it.

  • Guest999

    On 4/30/2010, Senator Goolsby spoke on eliminating wasteful spending. Just recently you panned Gov. Perdue’s budget and you want to eliminate corporate tax periods because it is passed onto the tax payers(us little people). Also, you don’t like the increase in sales tax extension and again you spoke of eliminating wasteful spending. Uh Thom, what do you call putting $100k on the books for renaming US 17? How many signs does it take to come up with $100k figure? And labor? Is that cost figured in? Really? How can talk out of both sides of your mouth? I voted for you because of your promises to cut wasteful spending and get tax burdens off the backs of NC residents.

    I appreciate more than anyone the sacrifice made by veterans and current soldiers servining the Armed Forces. I love sending supporting the troops, rallying for them and sending care packages over to them every 3 months. BUT THIS IS ABSURD! We could use that money to better serve the residents of the state or directly assist the veterans and troops in our area. Or find ways to use the money to start a new program to employee NC residents. You said on your web site that you would “create jobs and had the right ideas”.

    If you get my vote, I expect you to keep your campaign promises. I kept my promise when I voted for you. When the budget is more solid for NC, then I do not have a problem honoring our troops and veterans with a renaming US 17, but now is not the time. STOP THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING!!! You promised!!!

  • DISABLED VET

    I think Thoms hair has grown over his eyes and ears,get a haircut marine and look at the states checkbook!

  • Guest

    Why not honor the troops by giving $100,000 to VA?

  • Guest461

    I really don’t believe this as anything to do with “…politicians dipping their hands in the funds…”. This has to do with honoring the men and women that have bravely fought and died for the freedoms we get to enjoy in this country.

    Oh…and guess who pays for the prisoners that make and install those signs? Righto, Johnny and Judy Taxpayer!

    For all of you complaining about 100k, that’s smalltime money these days, but like I said in my previous post, they spent much more than that on the brick and concrete for a memorium on 3rd street that noboby even uses. I’ve NEVER seen anyone walking or sitting there (could get robbed and shot, I suppose). The city has a half million dollars in street sweeping equipment that does nothing but clean out potholes for Christ’s sake!

    Can’t we have a little public recognition for our wonderful soldiers without people complaining about the cost of signage? Geeezzz…

  • Guest: guest

    I voted for you, and I love the Marines, but NO! NO! NO! Our state is broke. No to any new spending, and YES! YES! YES! to cutting wasteful spending!!!

  • Guest

    Yes, rename US17 to honor the Marine Corps.. However, does it cost the 100,000 for signs..This is another way politicians dip their hands in the funds and pocket half of the monies, or overpay for the signs to their friends… Let the convicts make the signs and place them on the highway and save the tax payers money..I am sure they are more then capable Sen.

  • Guest

    Thank You

  • Guest421

    Plenty complained about that particular name change. However, when it comes to the appeasing of certain segments of the population, it always falls on deaf ears.

  • Guest6381

    Old Thom is going to make a great politician. He was just sworn in and has already learned to spend money the state does not have. Why waste time to vote? They’re all alike.

  • Guest

    This is a typical Republican way of thinking. If every republican that voted for this man donated ten or twenty dollars then there would be no need for the use of DOT funds.I have respect for Marines but don’t believe that they or any service person would like the idea of getting rid of teachers and then spending taxpayer money on an issue that could be funded from private sources. They always say privatization works so here is a chance to prove it.

  • Guest

    Well you get what you vote for….it doesn’t cost him anything because it “ain’t his money, by golly it’s the taxpayers money” so why would he care about a measly $1000,000???

  • Guest

    Nice idea; wrong time to even be thinking about spending so much public money. Too many other needs for that money to be replacing signs. Republicans, where are the jobs? Cut the wasteful spending!

  • Guest7969

    Thom, Thom…as a veteran I don’t need recognition for what I did…I didn’t do it for that. PLEASE pinch yourself and wake up…this is 100K WASTED…..it’s time to reign in on wastful spending…NOT ADD TO IT!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …and I was in the Marines for a long, LONG time.

    It’s a luxury that we don’t need. When the economy is better, bring it up again.

    BTW, passing through New Hanover County it should be named the “(Stay-out) Marines Highway,” based upon the way they are welcomed in the downtown area at night.

  • Guest: Faye

    The names of the Hwys ,Rds and Streets should stay as they were named. If you want a special name for of the the roads then you should do it when it is built not later when you have to have signs remade… Goverments should watch what they are spending money on too.. It is the tax papers money that sometimes get spent on things that are not needed or should have been done that way the first time….

  • Guest

    I can’t have my tax refund check yet but you can spend $100,000.00 to replace perfectly good road signs?? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Guest421

    As a former Marine, I appreciate Mr. Goolsby’s efforts. However, I think that it could wait until better economic times. Why not designate US 17 as such and ask for sponsors for the signs and let them add a small business logo. This way, the signs could be placed along US 17 and the sponsors receive a tax credit.

  • Guest461

    …but I would like to see our brave Marines honored for all they’ve done for this country. I think all of our military branches should be included though, US 17 has plenty of room to include them all.

    I never heard anyone complain about changing the Smith Creek Parkway to Martin Luther King Blvd. (and we know EVERY city has to have one of those!). I never heard anyone complain about those huge brass bowling pins, the adjacent manicured walkways and seating areas that nobody ever uses on 3rd street. $100,000.00 wouldn’t even touch the brick and concrete work wasted there, much less pay the sculptor OR purchase the land and maintain it!

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