This isn't about being hardcore or lazy or what's hard and what's easy. It's about getting the most you possibly can get done in the amount of time you have. Lessening the amount of time I spend in transit allows me to get more stuff done that I want to do. If I played 8 hours a day too, you bet I wouldn't care either way about the portals being back or not. No one said you had to use them anyway.
So thank you Blizz for putting the portals back in.