First, the reminder: We’ll be hosting a chat with David Faribault, an independent investment adviser, today from noon to 12:30 p.m. You can ask him questions about the state of the economy and what’s coming next.

The question is: gas is now down below $3 per gallon in the corridor. Are you going to fill up your tank, or are you waiting to see if it goes even lower?

One thing we’re going to start in the next few weeks is chats between readers and reporters. We’ll pick a story or two each week, and readers will have a chance to ask questions about it.

So in preparation for that, we’d like to know what kind of stories you want to discuss. Do you care more about news stories or features? Should we spend many of the weeks talking about the flood? State government? How national stories relate to Iowa?

Those are just some of the options, of course. Leave your suggestions in the comments or e-mail me at