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OPINION: A new way to debate
October 15th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: A new way to debate

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene explains his concept for a new style of debating that doesn't require a moderator or the tradition podium setup. Greene says just put the candidates on stage and let them figure it out.

[0:37] "Fifty-two years after the first televised presidential debate, there still often seems to be something stilted and dry about them.  Like some sort of candidates' cotillion."

[1:12] "At the top of the hour the two candidates would come out onto the stage. And then it would be up to them. They would have 90 minutes to talk to the audience, and to each other.  To argue and persuade.  No referee. It just might be fascinating."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

OPINION: The disappearing distinction between cyber and actual
October 8th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: The disappearing distinction between cyber and actual

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene examines how the more connected our lives are to the Internet, the more threatened we are by cyber attacks.

[1:29] "Virtual reality is not reality.  A virtual store is distinct from a brick-and-mortar operation.  But as we live more and more of our lives online and as basic needs depend increasingly on digital commands, the distinction between cyber and actual is disappearing."

[2:33] "General Keith B. Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, has said that there has been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on the American infrastructure– on the basic things we count on to keep our world going.  It may all be cyber, but it's starting to feel kind of real."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

OPINION: The past debates that never happened
October 1st, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: The past debates that never happened

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says although presidential debates are now a big part of politics, that wasn't always the case. It took a while for the process to catch on after the first debate in 1960.

[1:47] "Kennedy vs. Nixon was the first– and for a while it seemed it would be the only.  In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson, well ahead in the polls, decided that there was no good reason for him to debate.  He sent word to his Republican opponent, Barry Goldwater, that he would not be participating.  And he didn't."

[2:35] "It wasn't until 1976 that President Gerald Ford broke the lull– he debated his challenger, Jimmy Carter.  Since then, every election year, the candidates have debated.  A candidate would be seen as chicken for not showing up."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

OPINION: The bond from war never dies
Eight of the remaining members of the 63rd Infantry Division, which fought through France and Germany in World War II, at a recent reunion in Ohio. Maj. Gen. Michael Schweiger, commander 63rd Regional Support Command also attended.
September 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: The bond from war never dies

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene shares the story of the fading reunions and strong bonds that belong to the men of World War II's 63rd Infantry Division.

[:41] " These were the men of World War II's 63rd Infantry Division– the division whose motto was 'Blood and Fire.' Fifteen-thousand soldiers in that division had crossed the ocean to Europe, and then had fought their way through France and Germany.  Some 1,200 were killed in combat; thousands more were injured, some grievously."

[2:17] "'We have something in common,' said Dr. Jack Linscott, 86, of Marysville, Ohio.  'We counted on each other then, and we still do.' The men understand that in the end, as at the beginning, they have each other."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

OPINION: Don't let dreams end with the Summer
The Dantes, an Ohio band, in 1965, when they were aspiring to big things. Lead singer, Barry Hayden, is at left holding tambourine.
September 17th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Don't let dreams end with the Summer

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene reminisces about a rock singer originally from "The Dantes" who never made it big, but still rocks out today and reminds people to keep doing what they love.

[0:23] "One band - the Dantes– had something special. The lead singer, 18-year-old Barry Hayden, possessed the onstage electricity of a Midwestern Mick Jagger. The Dantes had a record– "Can't Get Enough of Your Love"– that went straight to No. 1 on the hometown rock station, WCOL."

[2:41] "You shouldn't put off doing the thing you love.  If you wait, if you think you'll get around to it someday, someday may never come. We're into the last week of summer now.  Next weekend autumn arrives. And opportunities for joy, like summer nights, are fleeting and finite."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion

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