The Huaraz Telegraph criticized by a reader

E arlier this month we received an email from Alexandra Thurston, originally from Castle Rock in the States, now living in Huaraz.

Alexandra is one of many people that have contacted us during the past months, giving her point of view on The Huaraz Telegraph. Unfortunately we cannot publish all emails we have received but I have chosen Alexandra´s because being the editor I think it is important to show our readers that we take comments seriously so I felt it was best that the author of the Volunteering Story and the Food story should reply himself.

Thanks to all who are enjoying our newspaper. Please keep sending your opinions and contributions to make The Huaraz Telegraph even better!


Rex Broekman

Editor and founder of The Huaraz Telegraph


Dear Alexandra

Like any other reader, I value and appreciate your comments on The Huaraz Telegraph and thank you for taking the time to read and digest the information available. Firstly I would like to respond to your comments on Bruce Peru, “While yes they might not be a legitimate organization, it is still important to gather as much accurate information as possible and then let the public make their own decision.”

At no point did we say or imply they were not a ‘legitimate organization’, if I can refer you to the text, it said “They could be the best thing Peru and Latin America has ever seen but we’ll never know unless they contact us.” If you know someone from Bruce Peru who would like to fill us in on all the great things they are doing around Peru and beyond please help us get in touch with them, it’s hard to get information from a company that doesn’t reply to emails. All information that was given in the article was taken straight from their website, the only information outlet that was available to us.

As for people making up their own minds, we don’t tell people what to think, they are free to look at the Bruce Peru website themselves and make up their own mind.  What use is a newspaper if it doesn’t make people think and challenge boundaries? This is what we would like to establish with our newspaper, any information that was written in the volunteering story came directly from the volunteering organizations website, an email from the organization or in an interview.

Regarding tamales, it says it in the name, ‘mal’ – who can argue with that? Seriously though, everyone has their own independent mind and can decide which foods they do or do not like, it simply doesn’t matter what ones opinion is.  If someone told you dogs were horrible would you buy a cat instead?

I would like you thank you again for your thoughts and contribution and hope that you continue to enjoy reading our newspaper like the many others who have congratulated us on the project.

Sincerely Trevor

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