Well, maybe I'd feel differently if I were a 2:19-2:22 guy, but I think these are excellent changes. The softer qualifying time standard in recent Olympic cycles may have gotten the trials through an especially weak period in U.S. marathoning, but it's time to give people something more challenging to work toward. In any event, the introduction of the "B" standard (we'll let you in, but you pay your own way) always struck me as a crass economic decision, and I'm glad to see it go away.
But the more important change, in my view, is kicking out courses like St. George, Steamtown, Tucson, and Austin 2006 from the list of acceptable qualifying courses. The big sticking point in tightening up course standards has always been Boston. I would probably just bite the bullet and knock out Boston as a trials qualifier. I don't know if Boston is an Olympic Games qualifier, but my recollection is that, back in 2004, it didn't meet the Olympic Games standard for qualifying courses, unless it received some special exemption. In any event, people have lots of alternatives to Boston, and Boston has lots of alternatives to entice fast runners.
All in all, though, good changes that have been a long time in coming.