Don't complain about smoking, give solutions

October 31, 2017


The phrase, “don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions” happens to be popular amongst organizations to send complainers into retreat. 

In response to Bryan Mena’s article, “Should EPCC Strengthen the Smoking Ban.” In this article, I would like to suggest a solution in and to the usage of this phrase. 

Sometimes an observant person feels the need to assert a correction to what they believe is wrong or counterproductive.


We will remove the motive behind such a person and focus on how to manage the wrong they see and how to encourage the observer to a solution. 

In Mena’s recent article he haphazardly asserted that EPCC is failing at implementing its tobacco policies.


Mena’s article asserts that smoking signs are pointless and personified the signs by calling them liars. 

Mena also implied that people who use tobacco products are “serpents.” As a user of tobacco products, I was unaware that I was a moral violation by his definition.

 Stigmatizing a group of people is the absence of empathy, a stage for ridicule and in some cases, lead the ridiculed into depression. Mena’s concern for the health of students on campus is admirable. 

However, these divisive assertions are why complainers are deterred with the phrase, “don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” 

At a time when this country is exploiting sensationalistic rhetoric, our young minds must take a stance against this type of propagation.

Instead, our young minds should seek HOW to resolve issues and not irritate them abrasively to get their way.


It is imperative that the emerging generation adapt to improved methods of resolving issues because the old method of disagreeing has resulted in grave and preventable conflict. Solutions are not simply assertions or sensationalizing remarks. 

Solutions are products of processes. Our feelings do not allot us change, our work does. 

As a solution to the phrase, “don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions,” leaders should consider and evaluate the observers claim; conversely, the observer should make efforts to present possible solutions as well.


An organization which prides themselves on betterment should welcome ideas for betterment. 

If an organization deters these shortcomings, they potentially miss valuable feedback and simultaneously discourage people from presenting information that could raise the bar of standards. 

The cost of this deterrence is a continuation of a matter that is irritating and a hindrance to the organization.


I am suggesting that 1) an organization manage these shortcomings, 2) evaluate the shortcoming, and 3) resolve the shortcoming in a timely and effective manner to elevate its system.

So the phrase should be edited as such, “bring me solutions with your problems.” 

So, as to encourage observation, problem solving, betterment and challenge.


Observant so that we become aware of our faults. Problem solvers because this is an enduring skill.


Betterment as a standard to improvement. Challenge as a an obstacle that breeds greatness.

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