Michael Gartner, author of Cityview's Civic Skinny column, is back with one of his regular topics: the declining circulation of the Des Moines Register newspaper. He reports the daily paper numbers are down 6.7 percent for the six-month period ending March 31 and that the daily newspaper's print edition has dropped 32 percent over the past five years. Gartner, owner of the Iowa Cubs, is a former Register executive editor.