The article "Sheriff's Crackdown on Rap Puts Unlikely County in Spotlight" {front page, June 17} described Broward County as an unlikely venue for a battle against pornography because of its own tendency toward debauchery. I resent that description.

My hometown of Fort Lauderdale has battled a reputation for wildness ever since the spring breaks of the 1960s. It's true that we have one topless doughnut shop and several night clubs. The much ballyhooed "2 Live Crew" decision handed down in Broward County provided a convenient backdrop against which to show these lesser aspects of my home.

I reared my four children in Broward County. They grew up in a neighborhood with trees -- just a few miles away from unspoiled public beaches. They grew up in a county with miles of waterways for boating and fishing. They grew up with good schools and with a strong commitment to culture, thanks to a successful regional orchestra and a museum of art.

Your article described Broward as filler between Dade and Palm Beach countries. In fact, Broward is growing faster than any other county in Florida. It is desirable to newcomers in part because of its commitment to culture: Three years ago, residents of Fort Lauderdale voted to tax themselves in order to build a multimillion-dollar children's museum, to develop a performing arts center (expected to attract international talent) and to create Riverwalk, a collection of shops and entertainment along the New River. Residents also taxed themselves in order to clean up and develop housing in the deteriorating northwest section of the city. Further, Broward County is imposing stiffer restrictions on nightclubs and building new churches, schools and synagogues. This may not be as interesting as a topless doughnut shop, but it is the real Broward County.

I can only assume that the quotes cited to support your presumption of a wild-and-wanton Broward were taken out of context or that you chose individuals with only negative things to say. By spotlighting only a piece of the truth -- while leaving the greater truth in the shadows -- you did my hometown a disservice. -- E. Clay Shaw Jr. The writer is a Republican representative from Florida.