Ward: Bevin owes teachers a cool 72 million

By MARSHALL WARD

President, Calloway County Retired Teachers Association

Gov. Matt Bevin issued a challenge to the crowd at a Friday economic development forum in Murray: if anyone could find evidence that he had called teachers "thugs," he would give the discoverer $1,000.

I YouTubed him and found that he had said teachers who protested in Frankfort, and at the office of state Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, acted with a "thuggish mentality."

Hence, I decided to put together an Aristotelian Syllogism, or transitive law in mathematics, If a=b and b=c, then a=c.

So, if thugs have a "thug's mentality," and Bevin accused protesting teachers of acting with a "thuggish mentality," then teachers are thugs.

Thus, on behalf of all the active and retired teachers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I say Bevin owes us $1,000 each.

There are approximately 42,146 active teachers plus about 30,000 retired teachers. That equals $72,146,000. I recommend that Bevin just write a personal check in that amount to the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System (KTRS).

Words matter and facts matter and liars should be held accountable.