1) all players should be treated the same. Just because I've played since day 1 doesn't mean I should get some sort of privilege of easier gear over newer players.
2) I think you're focusing just on our gear level while forgetting that Bungie also increased the difficulty level. Nightfall and heroics will be 2 levels higher now. Giving a new person access to lvl 30-32 gear so they can complete a lvl 30 Nightfall is the exact same way it's been for us: lvl 28-30 gear for a lvl 28 Nightfall. Without access to the gear, it would be HARDER for new players than it was for us.
It's not spoon feeding. It's giving all players the ability to complete the now more difficult content.