|I just replaced my bushings. They literally crumbled apart from all the abuse that I've put them through.
I used to use soft bushings. Over the years, my wheels and my bushings keep getting harder. Control is a lot better with harder bushings (especially at high speeds), and I've also learned that the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
However, I would say that everyone should do what feels right for them. That IS why we skate anyway, right?! We do it for ourselves!