My favorite response came from Kate Messner. No surprises there. She always manages to say the right thing in a way that's easily understood.
Click over to her blog where you'll find her very measured reply to why First Person Present often is the right choice.
Perhaps I'm not the best person to respond to the criticism. Although I naturally lean toward past-tense-whatever-person, I think first person present works just fine if the story calls for it. As does whatever tense and voice fits our stories and our characters.
My new book is written in first person present, just because that seemed to work best for telling the story.
Speaking from recent experience, I've written an entire draft of a manuscript in one tense, found it didn't work and changed it.
That's called Revision with a capital R, people! Whatever works, whatever sounds right, whatever fits. There is no rule when it comes to what is best for a particular writer or a certain character.
If you really want to get your dander up, read the original post, with all its comments, HERE.
Although I don't really <LOVE> present tense, to each his own.
Whatever works. Go for it.
“I love you present tense. It's okay, Gus. It's okay. It is. It's okay, you hear me? Okay, okay.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars