Does the Blogosphere Kill Letters to the Editor?

News & Record Letters to the Editor blog struggles with trolls.
Heather Green

First, the LA Time's attempt to use Wikis for editorials was highjacked. Now Ed Cone writes about the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, which is struggling with trolls at its Letters to the Editor blog.

Big discussion going on about whether to throw in the towel on the comments to the Letters to the Editor.

Is there something inherent about an open forum blog that leads to this downward spiral. Or is it only the open forums at newspapers attract these kinds of trolls? And is there anything to do about it?

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.