Goolsby wants US 17 renamed to honor Marines at cost of $100k

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Submitted: Sat, 02/26/2011 - 9:52pm

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.


  • ThomGoolsby says:

    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.

  • Guest says:

    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.

  • GuestV says:

    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.

  • Guest421 says:

    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.

  • Guest says:

    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.

  • Guest: Faye says:

    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….

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …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.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …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.

  • Guest7969 says:

    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…’s time to reign in on wastful spending…NOT ADD TO IT!

  • Guest says:

    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!

  • Guest says:

    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 says:

    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.

  • Guest6381 says:

    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.

  • Guest421 says:

    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.

  • Guest says:

    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: guest says:

    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!!!

  • Guest461 says:

    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 says:

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

  • DISABLED VET says:

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

  • Guest461 says:

    …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!

  • Guest999 says:

    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!!!

  • ThomGoolsby says:

    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 says:

    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.

  • GueRay says:

    I totally agree,,and the cross county trail??? fix the roads first

  • taxpayer says:

    there’s already a stretch of road in Jacksonville honoring the Marine Corps. Not to take anything away from the Corps., but wouldn’t this 100k be better used to fix the roads instead of “fixing” the name of the road?

  • Ray says:

    Thom your already doing dumb stuff and just got in office. Is this what we have to look forward too..

  • Guest3333 says:

    This is an idiotic idea. Utterly foolish!

    In these financially-straightened times we do not need to spend more DOT funds renaming a highway.

    If any money is to be spent, it should be spent on repairs or landscaping.

  • Guest54321 says:

    Come on? Really? 100K during a recession to change signs? This is a great idea. It really is, but why do we have to do it during this financial mess? I honestly can’t take this anymore. Every election you hope for new leadership and always end up with the same thing..a politician. It’s very depressing.

  • Harry Burnett says:

    At least its not another road for MLK.

  • Guest says:

    Thom Goolsby is a class act, and I will vote for him in every election up to and including governor of the state of North Carolina.

  • Guest IV says:

    Republican’s always get what they vote for! Thom just continue to be yourself, since the people have spoken and chose you to be one of their leaders. I hope the bill gets passed so everytime people drive down that road they will know that their money was spent, not on fixing the road, but putting up a new sign :)

  • Guest says:

    I love the Marine Corps, but this is a waste of money.

  • Guest says:

    I think it’s great to honor the Marine Corp. but doesn’t he understand that the state is cutting jobs and services? From what I’ve seen from Mr. Gooslby so far, it appears he’s another rich politician in La-La land when it comes to spending tax payer money. A “drop in the bucket” someone said. Maybe that person should live on a Soc. Security income like a lot of us do for a while and try to survive with ever increasing taxes and other expenses. 100K won’t seem so insignificant then.

  • Guest says:

    You have got to be kidding me! This guy is a fool as evidenced by his suggestion to spend $100,000 on road signs. Why not keep our classrooms staffed rather than worrying about re-naming a highway? He is a fool!

  • Guest2323423423 says:

    How many signs do you need? 100k? Wow.

  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    This is good spending but all of the improvements Wilmington asked for isn’t? Hypocrite!

  • Guest461 says:

    The state NEEDS to be cutting jobs! The state is not in the business of economic development by providing jobs, that’s for the private sector. The state has way too much fat in employees and services. The problem is they’ll cut education and elderly assistance while the let the free cell phones, free housing, food stamps and free health care for the lazy, but comptetent and the illegal aliens that are catered to.

    Most people have motivation, the desire to excel, make something of themselves and be totally free of state entitlements. That is why we aren’t on Social Security at 25 and sucking up every “free” benefit we can get access to. THAT alone is why I’m not on social Security, Food Stamps, Section 8 housing and farming babies at the taxpayers expense. I happen to have a little pride, motivation and enjoy seeing a little success born out of a lot of hard work. So….tell us more about your lifestyle and what motivates you?

    WE actually pay our way and most of yours throughout our lives in this society. I have no problem with honoring our veterans with a few signs along a major coastal highway. It won’t take anything out of the pockets of those of you that don’t pay anything anyway!

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