Letter to the editor: Daily should have endorsed a candidate, even if not from major party

As a former writer for the Daily and a concerned citizen, it seems like an awfully poor choice of the Daily’s editorial board to refuse to choose a presidential candidate to endorse.

While it is a viable option to choose no one over the two major contenders or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, it is a reckless abandonment of the purpose of having an editorial board: that they will actually hold an opinion worth defending. As of now, it seems that their argument is tantamount to telling ISU students, “Don’t vote; there’s no one worth voting for.” In which case, special interest groups are left as the leading authority on telling the masses who to vote for, often with misleading advertisements.

While it is a popular opinion in bar conversation to say, “I don’t like either one of those government fat-cat liars,” it is the responsibility of informed members of the press to make hard decisions and pick a presidential candidate. Do you pick the candidate that signed into law the ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without specific cause or the one whose major platform has been a shifting rhetoric of “I love America”? Or a non-viable candidate whose platform is more palatable? It’s a tough choice, but one that needs to be made.

Editorial board, grow a pair.