Jeana Yeager and Dick and Burt Rutan certainly deserve their Presidential Citizens Medals and applause for their considerable accomplishment with the Voyager flight.
The feat was, however, dimmed by the Rutan brothers' kowtowing to the Reagan Administration for creating an environment "devoid of government regulations . . . " Burt Rutan stated, "I only filled out two pieces of paper for the U.S. government."
These quotes appeared in a Times front page story (Dec. 30) with a four-column photo bordered by a story of settlements to the survivors of four Challenger victims. One wonders if the Rutans would applaud the lax government regulations that allowed the Morton Thiokol company to supply the faulty solid rocket boosters that caused the Challenger disaster.