It's a tactic that seems to define our political and social landscape in the most counterproductive way.

Saying "no" to a proposed solution or policy aimed at improving our communities seems to be a tactic in full vigor.

Meanwhile, those digging in aren't following up their opposition with any constructive alternatives.

Our Region, state and nation should resolve to put an end to this practice in 2018.

In all fairness, some proposed government ideas, laws or policies, while well intended, would have adverse effects if adopted.

We need leaders who voice opposition to potentially detrimental plans.

But what we really need are those same leaders to actually lead.

That means proposing alternative plans rather than just saying "no."

On a small scale, we witnessed it recently in Crown Point, where a majority of the city council opposed a development designation that could have aided in providing useful purpose for a long-blighted building near the downtown.

Those opposed to the designation, and a potential tax abatement it carried, provided no alternatives to the plan, which was the first sign of possible new life for the blighted property in 10 years or more.

In a larger way, we saw this same "Region of no" phenomenon in the years of pursuing commuter rail expansion in Northwest Indiana.

Fringe social media groups and other critics of the plan had a field day belittling and urging against the project while proposing no alternatives for building Region transportation infrastructure and our greater economy.

The good news is backers of rail expansion — including Indiana congressional delegates and Gov. Eric Holcomb — didn't give up and have taken a unified proposal all the way to Washington, where it awaits word on funding.

There are countless other examples in our local, state and national political landscape.

As a society, we should all resolve in 2018 to provide solutions rather than just throwing water on emerging plans and ideas.

There's no crime in disagreeing with a proposed direction, but there is great disservice in not becoming part of the solution.

Let's leave the "Region of no" firmly in the rear-view mirror in 2018.