I know where my temps should be but I'm a little confused. If my stick on thermometer says 68 degrees, am I good, for an ale? Or does that mean the inside temp is 5-10 degrees higher and I need to drop the temp?
You are good. 68 is fine for an ale. What people are saying is that active fermentation can raise the temp of the wort a few degrees. So if ambient temp is 65, you fermenter may be 68 due to the yeast creating heat while they digest the sugars. The stick-on fermometer is pretty accurate.