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Letter: 7-Eleven In Great Neck

While Great Neck is a very affluent town, there are many residents and workers that may not be pulling in the big bucks, so why not give them a break and provide them with an easy and accessible place to buy quick items? Honestly, what’s so bad about having a 7-Eleven convenient store that’s open 24/7? People in this neighborhood should rid themselves of their high and mighty thought process and have more of a utilitarian viewpoint! The emphasis of being a utilitarian is to set aside personal interest, maximize utility and provide the greatest overall amount of good; now doesn’t that sound like a better way of living? I’d say so.

I understand the village’s concern about security and the store enabling young teens to stay out and cause problems, but with a security booth on the property that eliminates all potential issues. Shouldn’t we consider how many more people would be positively affected by this addition to the town? We should also consider the other positives it will bring, such as more jobs and revenue. By thinking with a more utilitarian perspective there is no way one can think that bringing 7-Eleven convenient store to Middle Neck Road is a bad thing; just look at the big picture.

Annie Giovanniello