functions – How to change behavior of Echo or turn it off without removing it from code?

I wish to use Echo for output of intermediate results if an OptionValue I call verbose->True and neutralize it if verbose->False. I think this is useful when you need to know if some resources (packages. etc) were successfully loaded. I am thinking that it might work one of two ways…

  1. Spot lines of code with Echo but if verbose->False turn off Echo inside function then turn Echo back on when leaving function.
  2. Spot lines of code with a generic fn variable. When verbose->True activate it with fn=Echo but in its off state it should do something completely inert fn=do-something-that-does-not-effect-expression.

Please help me figure this out. Here is where I would first use it. Notice the If statements that really do nothing more than repeat an Echo wrapped expression. I wish to eliminate the If statements.

$resources=windows-path-to-alternate-directory-for-packages
packs={"package1`","package2`",...}
Options(loadPacks) = {path -> $resources, verbose -> True};
loadPacks(packs_, OptionsPattern()) := Block({pathslist},
   addpath() := Once(PrependTo($Path, OptionValue(path)));
   If(OptionValue(verbose) === True, Echo(addpath()), addpath());
   Map(Needs(#) &, packs);
   If(OptionValue(verbose) === True, 
    Echo(Column(contextSymbols(packs))), Return());
   );
contextSymbols(names__) := 
  Block({list}, list = If(ListQ(names), names, {names}); 
   Map(Names(# <> "*") &, list));