May 21st 2010 1:31PM I am a new member of the WOW community (so sue me ... lol).
As much as it's interesting to see a different perspective of how much easier it is to level with heirlooms, this is not the perspective of any noob ...
Try to level with NO support from above, heirlooms or AH budget, and then compare the experience to your past. It may be easier than you remember, but it's not the same as with the heirlooms.
I have seen heirlooms wielding players next to me successfuly attack mobs that I'd die attacking. Some of it may be their experience, but the equipment does not hurt for sure.
Other than that - enjoy your column.