- Maine Gov. Paul LePage blames his state's drug problem on New York dealers
- Jay Parini is amazed LePage also said the dealers flee after they "impregnate a young white girl"
- Parini says LePage has a history of saying things with offensive racial overtones
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont and is the author of "Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Maine is a state that seems remote, even to those of us who live in northern New England. Mainers have their own ways, a hardiness and independence of spirit that are admirable. Its thick and steep woods attracted, among others, Henry David Thoreau, who wrote in "The Maine Woods" (1864): "Only daring and insolent men, perchance, go there."